The Benue State Government has imposed a 24 hour-curfew on Katsina-Ala town of the state with effect from today, as part of efforts to restore peace and ensure the security of lives and property in that part of the state.
This is according to the chief press secretary of the state, Ede Ogaba Ede. The curfew which comes into immediate effect shall be reviewed as the situation demands.
Fear escalated in the rural town as five more persons were said to be kidnapped on Sunday after 11 people were allegedly killed by local militias in Ngibo and Tse-Aye villages in Ikyurav-Tiev 1, a council ward in Katsina-Ala local government area of the state on Saturday.
Acting Governor of the State, Engineer Benson Abounu urged the people of Katsina-Ala to cooperate with security operatives by obeying the curfew.
The Government warned that anyone found fomenting trouble in the area or in other parts of the state will be apprehended and punished according to law.
The Government reassured the people that more security personnel have been deployed to Katsina-Ala to end the crisis, and it will continue to give security agencies every needed support to succeed.