One of the Mobile Policemen deployed to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Daudu, Guma Local Government Area (LGA) of Benue State to restore peace and order in the crisis between Fulani herdsmen and Tiv farmers, yesterday, shot dead, a pregnant woman, wounding others.
The woman identified as Mrs. Queen Zoho, was killed as a result of disagreement that ensued between youths of the area and the uniformed men. She was shot alongside two other men, who sustained different degrees of injuries. As at press time, the remains of the victim was dumped at the Daudu Police Station near the IDPs camp, while the wounded men were rushed to the nearby hospital for treatment.
Sunday Telegraph gathered that the deceased had been staying in the IDPs camp since the outbreak of the crisis and has since, not been able to return as the Fulani insurgents have taken over her community.
Sources from the scene of the incident told Sunday Telegraph that the killing, which ignited serious tension within and outside the vicinity of the camp, started when a man identified as Ornyiev, conveying a passenger on his motorcycle to a village in Daudu for a wake-keep was intercepted by the Mobile Police men at a roadblock.
A source said
, “On arriving at the road block, Ornyiev was stopped by the Mopol who seized his motorcycle. He (Ornyiev) then called his district head on telephone from his village to intimate him of what had happened, and he swiftly sent words to the officers to please pardon the cyclist and release his motorcycle to him. “As they were talking, the officer started beating Ornyiev and hitting him with his gun’s butt.
This maltreatment attracted onlookers and passers-by. In the process, the police officer fired a bullet which killed the pregnant woman and injured other two men who were in critical conditions.”