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Zaki Biam massacre: Three burnt alive in reprisal attack

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At least three persons were reportedly burnt to death in a building in late Friday night attack on Tse-Chia village, near Kasar in Zaki Biam, Ukum local government area of Benue State in a reprisal attack by suspected victims of last Monday’s massacre in Biam maintain town.

Sunday Vanguard gathered from an eyewitness who spoke that the attack also led to the razing of several houses in the community.

“The attackers of Tse-Chia were led by some youths in Zaki Biam main town who identified and recognized all the masterminds of the Monday attack”, the eye witness said.

“They know all those who participated in that massacre”, so every night since after that unfortunate incident, youths from Biam visit their villages and houses to pay them back in their own coin and, where they are not found at home, their houses are razed, that is what is going on at the moment.

“It was all about fight for supremacy, which was allowed to degenerate to the level of the mass killings of innocent people and destruction of property of a magnitude never witnessed in the state after the 2001 military invasion.

“It’s pay back time and a continuos exercise, nobody is waiting for law enforcement officers to apprehend the masterminds of the massacre, the youths of Biam know who played whatever role in that attack and they will be made to pay. It is tit-for-tat because no one has monopoly of violence.”

When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Assistant Superintendent, ASP, Moses Yamu, who confirmed incident, pleaded with youths of the state to desist from taking the law into the hands, he urged them to avail the police necessary information in the course of their investigations.


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