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One Feared Dead As APC Thugs, Butchers Clash In Benue

Posted: Oct 18, 2015 at 8:46 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)
By Tor Vande-Acka

Correspondent, Makurdi

Chairman, Butchers’ Association in Gboko Local Government Area (LGA) of Benue State, Iorpuu Anchaver, is feared dead following a clash between members of the association and thugs of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.

Daily Independent gathered that the clash which took place last weekend is as a result of the refusal of the butchers to move from where they currently operate to a new site allocated to them.

We also learnt that the present site (government land) where the butchers and fish sellers operate may have been sold to some powerful politicians in the state (names withheld)

When Daily Independent visited the new site allocated to the butchers on Sunday, we discovered that the site which is christened modern market can barely contain the traders.

We also reliably gathered that APC thugs were used by politicians interested in the site against the butchers, resulting in the attack on their leaders and may have been responsible for the attack on the chairman of the association.

The thugs had stormed the market and attacked some of the butchers while others fled and they (thugs) went on to remove the roof off their stalls.

But, the butchers complained that the new site was too small to accommodate them due to inadequate space and also condemned the poor sanitary condition at the site, which lacks water supply.

When we sought to speak with family members of the victim, they were apprehensive and would not reveal to us the hospital where Anchaver is receiving treatment.

However, a close persons to the victim noted that “It would take the grace of God for him to survive the machete cut.”

The result is that goat meat and beef has been difficult to come by in Gboko town through out last weekend.

Daily Independent also learnt that the attempt by traditional rulers in the LGA to intervene in the matter did not yield any results.

Meanwhile, fish traders in the market were given up to Tuesday (27th October, 2015) next week to vacate the market.

When we contacted the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Benue command, Austin Ezeani promised to get back to us.

He however didn’t even as he would not pick his calls nor responded to text messages.