Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has condemned in strong terms the violent clash between the Tiv and Jukun communities in Makurdi river side over ownership of fish ponds in the area.
The Governor who received briefings from security agents and the Chairman of Makurdi Local Government, Mr. Tony Dyegeh on the matter called on the two communities to cease hostilities without delay.
According to a statement signed by the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Nathaniel Ikyur, scores of people were reportedly inflicted with severe injuries from the violent clash on which took place on Wednesday over battle for the ownership of fish ponds in the Wurukun area of Makurdi, the State capital.
“The traditional ruler of the community is said to have fled to an unknown destination after his home was set ablaze by the rampaging youths and many houses were also burnt during the clash.
Ortom, therefore, directed the security operatives to take control of the area and do all that is needed to arrest the perpetrators of the mayhem and bring them to book.
“The perpetrators of this violent clash that has led to several injuries and properties destroyed must be brought to book. We cannot tolerate a situation where people take laws into their hands.
“No matter the amount of anger in a man’s mind, the resort to violence cannot be a solution. Resort to self help can only aggravate the situation. There are many legitimate channels to resolve disputes. No one should take the law into his hands.”
The Governor warned that the state government will bring the full weight of the law on anybody or community that perpetuates violence and disrupt the peace of the land henceforth.
He, therefore, urged the people to be law abiding assuring that government will continue to create a conducive atmosphere for everyone to carry out his or her legitimate business in the state.