Ten persons have been killed in a renewed communal clash between the people of Ezza and Effium in Ado local government area of Benue State and Ohaukwu local government area of Ebonyi State.
A source who did not want his name in print said the incident occurred yesterday, but details on the cause of the crisis were sketchy at press time.
A resident of the area who gave his name as Inalegwu said scores of people died in the clash.
However, the chairman of Ado local government area of Benue State, James Oche who confirmed the clash to newsmen, said 10 people were killed.
Oche, who condemned the clash, said the crisis had undermined the peace his administration was working assiduously to achieve.
He urged Ezza and Effium people to immediately embrace peace, even as he commiserated with the families of those who lost their lives.
In a related development, the chairman said police and the new volunteer guards in the local government area were able to secure the release of three people allegedly abducted by suspected herdsmen in the area.
Oche disclosed that some armed kidnappers suspected to be herdsmen had on Thursday laid siege on the road between Utonkon and Okpoga, stopped a Lagos-bound commercial vehicle from Oju LGA and took five persons hostage.
He said; “Operation Puff Adder police unit and the newly formed community volunteer guards in the local government area successfully confronted a group of Fulani kidnappers and secured the release of three out of the five persons abducted.”
When contacted, the police spokesperson, DSP Catherine Anene, said she was yet to establish the details of the report from the divisional police officer in charge of the area.