Benue mob sets houses, church ablaze over alleged genital disappearance
NEWSMAN, Abuja – Five houses and a church known as Divine Shadow were, on Tuesday, set ablaze by some youths in Daudu, in the Guma Local Government Area of Benue State over allegation of missing genitals.
Youths had on Saturday protested round the town because of the allegation, going on rampage and destroying the property of a man accused of causing the disappearance.
The acting Tyoor of Guma, Chief Chado Oliva, had however said the youths could not produce any victim alleged to have lost his manhood.
One Nongu Francis, who claimed to have lost his manhood, said the incident happened in October.
Francis alleged that no fewer than six people have had their genitals disappeared in the past few years.
“But I am the only victim of missing organ this year and as I talk to you the actual person responsible for the mysterious penis disappearance has committed suicide”, he said.
Vice Chairman of the Guma LGA, John Onyigbo, said some youths set ablaze a church and some buildings belonging to an alleged sponsor of genitals disappearance, PUNCH reported.
“There had been cases of genitals disappearance in Daudu, particularly on market days. A times, two or three missing organs were reported. The chiefs and community leaders held meeting on the case today (Tuesday). Two victims were interviewed and they confirmed this”, Onyigbo said.
“A man was accused of causing it; and a pastor was also accused of charging victims N12,000 each to restore the organs. But in the case of the victim standing here (Francis) they could not restore his manhood. It was after this that some youths went out to burn down all the property that belong to the alleged sponsor and the church of the pastor”, he added.
DPO at the Divisional Police Station in Daudu who declined to give his name said, “I can’t tell you anything because I am not authorised to talk to journalists.”
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Catherine Anene, confirmed the burning down of houses and the church.
Anene said, “The Divisional Police Officer of Daudu has just confirmed to me that some angry youths burnt down houses in the town. On the alleged missing organs, the victims were said to have been taken to hospital for examination but the result is not yet out.”