Published On: Tue, Mar 18th, 2014

Schools, Markets Shut in Benue Over Bomb Scare


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There was confusion yesterday in Makurdi, the Benue State capital and

other major towns in the state when schools and markets were shut down

following alleged plans by Fulani herdsmen to bomb  Makurdi and

environs.

 

The news of planned protests in Makurdi also heightened the confusion.

 

The situation had caused panic and forced various political and civil

society organisations to announce that schools, churches and markets

should be closed.

 

However, the commissioner of police, Mr Adams Audu debunked the

allegation and said the command had not permitted any group to carry

out protest. He said the news that herdsmen have planned to bomb

Makurdi and other areas was not true.

 

A statement signed by the police spokesman, Daniel Ezeala stated that

the command have beefed up security and urged the people to go about

their normal businesses.

 

Several schools including Kingdom Heritage Model School, located at

Wurukum and Kids Authority Nursery School GRA and Redeemers Nursery

School all in Makurdi were locked. The Makurdi Modern Market and

Wurukum Market were also shut.

 

Men and women gathered at strategic points discussing the situation.

Security operatives mounted critical areas of the town, just as

artisans and roadside vendors could not open for business. Banks and

churches resumed late for operation too.

 

Meanwhile, commissioner for information, Mr. Justin Amase said in a

statement that state government has evolved adequate security measures

to enhance peace and protect lives and properties.

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