FG, Benue State Govt Urged To De-escalate Dispute In Ukpute, Bonta Communities

The Federal and Benue State governments have been called upon to put measures in place to bring an end to the dispute between the Ukpute and Bonta Communities in Benue state.

A group under the auspices of the Association of Lawyers from the conflict Zone made the call during a peaceful protest in Abuja.

The protesters were seen carrying placards with different inscriptions chanting solidarity songs

Addressing newsmen, the president of the Association, Mr John Owulo who explained that the group which comprised of Lawyers, media professionals and other sons and daughters of the Igede tribe in Oju local government area of Benue state staged the peaceful protest to call the attention of the president and other relevant agencies to the escalating crisis which had led to the destruction of lives and property.

Mr Owulo appealed to the president to establish a military base at the boundary of the two communities to forestall further breakdown of law and order.

One of the protesters and a media professional, Mr Sunday Okwu who lamented the effect of the crisis on the socio-economic activities in the area stressed the need for relevant stakeholders to intervene and put an end to the crisis.

The protesters appealed for relief materials, shelter, and other needs for displaced persons in the zone.

Ifeanyi Osita/Abuja

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