The Benue Police has confirmed the death of one Miss Queen Zoho at the internally displaced persons camp situated in Daudu, Guma local government area of Benue state.
The Police source says that Miss Queen died as a result of strayed bullet fired by some of the youths within the camp area with the intention of frustrating the efforts of the police to secure arrest of some youths who attempted rape in the and camp. Police also confirmed that Miss Queen Zoho was the victim of the attempted rape.
The police further warns against youth restiveness in the state stating whoever is found would be made to face the full wrath of the law.
The police report reads in full…
The Benue State Police Command wish to inform the general public, especially the good people of Benue State that no Internally Displaced Person was killed in any part of the State by the Police.
It has become necessary to issue this statement to debunk the falsehood being circulated by some callous elements in the society.
However, at about 0930hrs of date, some irate youths in Daudu Community had launched a violent confrontation on Policemen securing Daudu IDP Camp. Preliminary investigation revealed that the attack was carried out to:
i. frustrate investigation of a case of attempted rape which occurred in the Community (but not in the IDP camp) in which one of the youths was arrested
ii. to protest Police action of frustrating their daily attempt to gain incursion into the Camp for criminal purposes, especially when the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) carries out the distribution of relief materials.
In addition to the armed youths firing gunshots and hurling stones at the direction of the Police, and despite the intervention of well meaning Elders of the Community, the irate youths extended their hostilities towards residential areas around the IDP camp, during which their gunshot hit and killed one Miss. Queen Zoho. Unfortunately Zoho who died as a result of the gunshot was the victim of the attempted rape.
In handling this delicate incident, the Police team exercised a lot of restraint due to the populous nature of the Community, including the consciousness of preventing any untoward occurrence in the Camp.
An on the spot assessment visit by the Commissioner of Police was conducted, where the IDPs and the Community in general were reassured of their security. While effort is being intensified to apprehend those who are directly or indirectly involved in the dastardly act, the situation has since being brought under control.
On 13/04/2018, an incident was recorded in Ukum LGA where some Shitile youths believably supported by the notorious criminal Terwase Akwaza aka Ghana, attacked the Police at Tse Ikyeen village.
Following a distress call received by the Police that a family from Ukum LGA was being attacked by some bandits from Shitile community in a farm at Tse Ikyeen village in which one person was reportedly killed, a Police team was immediately dispatched to the scene. Upon arrival at the Tse Ikyeen, the Police team was equally attacked by the armed bandits from Shitile and prevented from removing the corpse of the victim. Although the Police team was successfully rescued by the reinforcement sent, but a Police Patrol van was set ablaze by the bandits from Shitile.
Its necessary to indicate here that the people of Katsina Ala LGA and Ukum LGA have been embroiled in perennial communal clashes.
It is unfortunate that despite all the concerted efforts being made by the Government and the security agencies to ensure safety of life and property in the State, some criminals have continued to truncate this initiatives for reasons best known to them.
The Command wish to assure the general public that every effort shall be made to bring to justice, these criminal elements and their sponsors/collaborators.