- Category: REPORTS
- Saturday, 16 June 2012
- By Palmer Ogheneyole Nathaniel
No fewer than two Children were on Friday said to have been killed in the Wadata area of Makurdi by men of the Nigerian Police force as it clashed with aggrieved Muslim youths and brick layers who were protesting the demolition of a mosque and several other buildings by men of the Benue State Government. Sources informed Elombah.com that
the Benue State Government had earlier announced plans to build a beach hotel at the bank of the Benue river, around New Garage area of Wadata, a suburb of Makurdi, the state capital.
Sequel to this development, the Benue state Urban Development Board (UDB) had gone on demolition spree on thursday bringing down about 50 housing units, shops and offices belonging to some Muslims and members of the Brick Layers Association.
However, the affected persons who felt the government have no such right to disposess them of the lands had vowed to mobilize their people to stage a bloody protest to compel the state government to reverse its decision which they described as ' hasty'.
The New Garage area later turned a battle ground when serious clash ensued between the youths and men of the Benue state Police command, when the officials of UDB on a mandatory assignment demolished several other buildings which they referred to as ‘illegal Structures’ sited on government’s land.
The clash, which lasted for about two hours, caused traffic jam on post office road, just as the protesters mounted barricades on the ever busy road. The men of the police force also shot sporadically and killed the two kids in a bid to disperse the protesting youths and Bricklayers