Benue State Police Command, on Wednesday, said it had arrested a traditional ruler in Ugboji community, in Edikwu district of Apa Local Government Area of Benue State, Chief Adanu Simon, over a land dispute that claimed two people’s lives.
The State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ene Okon who confirmed the arrest of the traditional ruler and death of the people to The Punch in his office in Makurdi.
He said that the monarch allegedly masterminded the land dispute between Okwiji community and his Ugbobi community, which resulted in the death of the two persons and destruction of properties.
Okon said, “The crisis started over 20 years ago, but the state government had intervened and peace was restored, but a few months ago, the problem reared its ugly head again and the police stepped in.
He said while an investigation was on going, the chairman of Apa LG came to plead with the police to allow him to resolve the matter but could not return to the police.
“So last Saturday night, the youth of Ugbobi gathered themselves with their militias and attacked the other village called Okwiji, killing two people and when information got to the police, the DPO swung into action and I directed that security be beefed up in that area. As I talk to you normalcy has returned to the area.
“We have made some arrests including the principal suspect, the village head of the area, one Adagbo Simon, who masterminded the crisis and he is helping us with useful information. We have also arrested other suspects who are giving us useful information on the matter.
Punch gathered that the victims were killed in Okwiji by suspected militia allegedly hired by Ugbobi community over a disputed parcel of land said to be rich in oil deposit.