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Benue: Major Gen Ugbo, 7 others killed in community crisis




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At least eight persons, including one Major General Lawrence Ugbo have been killed, with several others sustaining various degrees of injuries in Ugboju district, Otukpo LGA of Benue State.

The fatal incident which occurred on Wednesday has rendered many persons homeless.

A resident disclosed that there was chaos in the community following an alleged attack of a group of persons loyal to a former chairman of Otukpo, by some boys from Ugboju .
Naija News learnt that the former LG chairman was in the village with his supporters when another group believed to be his rival ambushed and assaulted them, leaving many with injuries.

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Reacting to the attack, the politician teamed up with his boys who stormed the community, killing anyone on sight, Daily Post reported.

A retired Major General Lawrence Ugbo was reportedly killed in the rampage, after which it was said that his corpse was cremated.

Confirming the incident, the chairman of Otukpo LG, Hon. George Alli said several lives were lost in the clash.He, however, faulted the claims in some quaters that the clash was political.
“Yes, I am there as we speak to take victims to the hospital. Several persons, including Maj Gen Lawrence Ugbo were killed and his body burnt to ashes. The clash has nothing to do with politics, it was a land tussle that cause the incident. I will get the whole and pass it across to you shortly”.

Ibukun Josephine Bankole was a Senior Associate at Naija News. A Mass Communication graduate, Ibukun is passionate about journalism especially in the areas of health and child related issues. She loves eating beans, singing, acting and giving motivational speeches. Ibukun is meticulous and has a positive approach to life. Contact me via twitter/Instagram @ibukunbankole_