The Benue State government has restricted the movement of persons and vehicles on the Obagaji-Akwu, Okokolo-Abugbe roads and other areas in the troubled Agatu Local Government Area.
This was announced in a statement issued by Ede Ogaba Ede, Press Secretary to Benson Abounu, Deputy Governor of Benue State, on Tuesday.
The restriction was imposed following the death of 12 persons during an attack on Okokolo community by persons suspected to be from Abugbe community on Sunday.
According to the statement, the state’s security council at a tour of the affected areas on Monday noted its regret over the fracas.
The warring communities were also directed to produce the perpetrators of the violence, as well as the body of victims.
The statement partly read: “The council expressed disappointment with the failure of Agatu people to resolve their internal disagreement peacefully and warned that the government would no longer tolerate such brazen act of criminality.
“The council directed the people of Akwu to produce a patent medicine dealer from Ologba who lives in their area and has not been seen since Sunday.
“They are also to produce the body of an Okokolo youth leader said to have been killed at Akwu.”