Benue imposes 12 hours curfew on community over violence caused by ‘missing manhoods’

Chairman of Guma Local Government Area of Benue State, Caleb Ana, has imposed a 12-hour curfew on Daudu community after days of unrest caused by allegations of missing penises.

Men in Daudu community had lamented last week over manhoods’ going missing at an alarming rate.

The youths claimed some members of the community were responsible for their missing organs and have since been on rampage.

Ana while addressing journalists in Makurdi on Wednesday said the curfew will be between 8pm to 6am daily until improvement in the security situation is witnessed and calm restored.

He said, “The reason we imposed curfew is that the youths in Daudu community have raised alarm and accused certain persons of removing their genitals; male and female organs.

“They went ahead to burn down the properties of those they suspected and even killed a pastor of the church whom they accused of being responsible.

“We talked to them and pleaded with them to allow the law to take its course. Even the governor of the state went there himself to talk to them.

But on Monday, the youth mobilised and went to the police station in Daudu, threatened to burn it down, accusing one  man whom they beat to a state of unconsciousness, while accusing him of removing someone’s genitals.

“So it became too much and it appeared they will cause more destruction if they are allowed to move about freely. That was why the curfew was imposed,” the chairman said.

He said that a commercial motorcyclist had been arrested in connection with Monday’s incident.

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