Eight people have been killed in a suspected communal clash in Otukpo local government area of Benue State.

The deceased were said to have died in renewed hostilities between two rival groups in the Ugboju district of the local government.

Among the dead is retired Major General Lawrence Ugbo.

The incident, which occurred on Wednesday has rendered many persons homeless.


Trouble started after some boys from Ugboju allegedly attacked a group of persons loyal to a former Chairman of Otukpo.

It was gathered that the ex-LG boss was in the village with his loyalists when another rival group launched an attack injuring some people.

In a planned reprisal, the politician called on his agents to storm the community. They allegedly killed anyone in sight.

They reportedly killed Ugbo and cremated his corpse.

When contacted, the Chairman of Otukpo Local Council Area, Hon. George Alli confirmed that several persons lost their lives.

“Yes, I am there as we speak to take victims to the hospital. Several persons, including Maj Gen Lawrence Ugbo were killed and his body burnt to ashes. The clash has nothing to do with politics, it was a land tussle that cause the incident”.