At least two persons were killed and several houses torched in the renewed clash between Mbakume and Mbasombo communities at Gwer East Local Government Area of Benue State.
An eyewitness disclosed that the homes of popular Benue music star, Slikish and Late Deputy Superintendent of Police, Emmanuel Agber, were also razed by suspected hoodlums.
The source claimed that over 10 persons have been reported dead and property worth millions destroyed in the renewed hostility by the two warring communities.
However, the Benue Police Command gave a conflicting figure concerning the number of casualties.
When WuzupNigeria reached out to State Police Public Relations Officer, SP. Catherine Sewuese Anene for clarification, she told our correspondent that the renewed crises, which began on Monday over land dispute, claimed only two lives.
"In the past two years, series of meetings have been held and peaceful resolution made to ensure the peace that they have been enjoying.
"The renewed crises began on 28/02/2022 when information was received that some mischievous persons burnt down the house of Late DSP. Emmanuel Agber at Ikpayongo. A reaction from other members of the community led to destruction of other houses and two (2) persons lost their lives," she said.
Anene told WuzupNigeria that Benue Police Commissioner, Wale Abass, who is miffed by the lawless behaviour of the warring communities, condemned the violce and has further deployed security operatives to the area to prevent further breakdown of law and order.
The police image maker disclosed that the CP has reiterated his commitment to bring to book perpetrators of the dastardly act.
Meanwhile, Benue music star, Slikish, has expressed fear that his family house in Ikpayongo could also be burnt in a matter of hours if nothing is done urgently.
Speaking on behalf of the family, popular activist, Ukan Kurugh, called on security agencies to come to the aid of the singer and the affected communities.
He said, “I am using the opportunity to call on all security agencies in Benue state to wade into this matter now before it gets out of hand. Travellers are also calling me to say there is huge smoke from burning houses visible from the road and people running helter skelter for their lives.”