Curfew imposed on Benue community over alleged missing genitals
The Chairman of Guma Local Government Area of Benue State, Caleb Aba, has declared a curfew on Daudu community over allegation of missing genitals.
Daily Trust reports that the rural town of Daudu, a 25 minutes drive from Makurdi metropolis had been troubled in recent times over claims of ‘manhood theft’ by some young men in the area.
Aba told newsmen in Makurdi on Wednesday that the curfew which began on Tuesday will be between 8.00pm to 6:00am daily until security situation is improved in the community
He noted that the decision to impose curfew was occasioned by the youths restiveness, stressing that despite the intervention of community leaders and the State Governor, Samuel Ortom, the youths in the community continued with the spurious allegations of missing genitals.
He added that the youths had 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 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 last Monday, the youths mobilized and went to Police station in Daudu threatened to burn it down accusing one other man whom they beat to 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 8:00pm to 6:00am. 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 in connection with the Monday threat to burn the police station for raising a false alarm that he picked a passenger who touched him and his genital disappeared.