Youths of Ugondo in Makurdi Local Government Area of Benue State have attacked the convoy of Governor Hyacinth Iormem Alia.
The incident it was reported happened when Governor Hyacinth Alia visited Vaatia College to assess the level of arrangement for the burial of Engr. Michael Vaatia.
Thewill reports that “youths from the host community of Ugondu were alleged to have invaded the school last night and destroyed the grave and were chanting war songs when the governor was addressing leaders of the community in the school.
“It was gathered that the said youths disrupted the proceedings as security escorts attempted to prevent them access into the school, while some of the governor’s entourage were trapped outside.”
The youths in their numbers allegedly fired in the air to scare sympathisers, but with the arrival of men of OPERATIONS ZENDA, a combined security outfit overpowered them as scores were arrested while others fled the scene.
Governor Alia while addressing leaders of Ugondu community including former senator Fred Orti, retired Permanent Secretary, Akange Audu, the Paramount ruler of Makurdi, and other traditional rulers, warned against acts that turn to create acrimony and disunity in the state.
“I have come to correct some misgivings that happened in the rulership of your son as governor. I sent both the Tiv, Idoma and other tribes to overseas for training without discrimination.
“I want to believe you the traditional and community leaders denying involvement in what has happened. Surely, some youths arrested will make confessions and if they mention your name, be ready to go and answer.”
According to the governor, about a week ago, an Igbo man and one other, who died were buried in Makurdi town without protest from any youth group and call for calm.
Governor Alia, who later addressed students on campus, assured them of safety during and after the burial and directed the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations to ensure that peace prevail for the wake keep and for the burial tomorrow.
Some political leaders and elder statesmen including senators Daniel Saror and Fred Orti and other prominent personalities were on ground, even as the suspects were whisked away by the detachment of security forces.
At the time of filing this report, the reconstruction of the damaged grave was ongoing ahead of interment on Thursday.