From Vincent Nyinongu, Makurdi
Three persons have been reportedly killed Wednesday Morning in Jootar, a border settlement between Benue and Taraba State by people suspected to be Jukun militia.
According to a local who spoke to DAILY ASSET, the Jukum militia stormed the border community at about 4:00am dressed in military uniform, came through Wukari and started shooting sporadically.
He added that the latest attack came without any provocation confirming that at least three Tiv farmers lost their lives while over 100 houses were also raised down.
He valued property equally destroyed during the attack to be in millions .
He said the Jukum militia operated unchallenged for about 3 hours even as federal government special forces were stationed in Wukari , about 2KM away from the Community.
Reacting to the urgly incidence, Ukum local Government caretaker Chairman, Hon Tortyokaa Ibellogo condemned the attack in it’s entirely saying it was most unfortunate.
He wondered why the Jukum militia will cross over to Benue where there was no crisis, insisting that Tiv farmers in Benue were not at war with Jukum.
“To the best of my knowledge this is supposed to be a crisis between the Tiv and Jukun in Taraba state and has nothing to do with Benue. In my state Benue, we have Jukun in Abintse and Wurukum in Guma and Makurdi living peacefully with the Tiv people”
“I want to call on the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Chief of Army Staff and president of Nigeria to as a matter of urgency intervention in this crisis already we are trying to maintain a social distance to face the COVID- 19 pandemic, which has affected Benue, Nigeria and the entire world.” Ibellogo stressed.
It would be recalled that Jootar was attacked sometime last year July by suspected Jukun militia, where 4 persons were killed without any arrest made by the security agencies.
The attack has been confirmed by the Benue State Police Command through the spoke person, DSP Sewuese Anene, who also confirmed that three dead bodies were found.