By Uja Emmanuel, Makurdi
Chairman of Guma Local Government Area of Benue, Caleb Aba, has imposed a 12- hour curfew on the Daudu community over an allegation of missing genitals.
The Nation had reported Daudu town on Makurdi –Lafia Federal Highway recorded youth unrest last week over claims of ‘manhood theft’ by some young men in the area.
Aba told newsmen in Makurdi on Wednesday the curfew, which began on Tuesday, will be between 8.00 pm to 6:00 am daily until the security situation improves in the community
He noted the decision to impose curfew was occasioned by youths restiveness, stressing despite the intervention of community leaders and Governor Samuel Ortom, the youths in the community continued with the spurious allegations of missing genitals.
He added the youths on Monday invaded the Divisional Police station in the community and wanted to burn it down over fresh false alarm of missing genitals.
“The reason we imposed curfew is that the youths in the Daudu community have raised alarm and accused certain persons of removing their genitals; male and female organs.
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“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 last Monday, the youths mobilised and went to Police station in Daudu threatened to burn it down accusing one other man whom they beat to the state of unconsciousness while accusing him of removing someone’s genital organ.
“So it became too much and it appeared they will cause more destruction if they are allowed to be moving about freely.
“That calls for the position of curfew in the community, from 8:00 pm to 6:00 am. It will last as long as they are not ready to rest,” the chairman said.
Aba further disclosed that a motorcyclist popularly known as Okada rider had been arrested for raising the false alarm that he picked a passenger who touched him and his genital disappeared.