by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Tension has continued to rise steadily in Ufia community in Ado local government area of Benue State, following the alleged killing of a young Fulani person made against the people of Ojije, by a Fulani leader in the State.
A statement issued and signed by national president of Ufia Development Association (UDA), Chief Vincent Uloko, and made available to our correspondent, however, denied the alleged killing of the Fulani youth by Ojije people.
“UDA said, “Its attention has been drawn to a report credited to the leader of Fulani people in Benue State, Alhaji Ardo Riski, alleging that Ojije people of Ufia are behind the alleged killing of a Fulani youth.
In the statement, UDA “vehemently denied the allegation and implored the Fulani leader to channel any issue involving Ufia people to its national executive for possible redress, rather than rush to the media to create tension and disharmony.”
The association noted that, the chairman of Ado local government area had earlier issued a statement, which exonerated Ojije people from the incident, stressing that the entire Ufialand had been under siege of attacks, destruction of farmlands and kidnappings, “yet, the people never sought revenge nor took laws into their hands; rather, the incidents were reported to law enforcement agencies and the government.”
It therefore wondered why the Fulani leader in Benue State made such unsubstantiated claims, which UDA says should be disregarded, as there was no suck killing in Ufialand.
The Association, therefore, called on the Fulani leader to prevail on his subjects to conduct their activities without threatening the lives and livelihoods of its people, as well as obey the laws of the land.
Recalled that, suspected Fulani militia allegedly massacred several people in Agatu in same Benue Zone-3 last Sunday.