Two Siblings, One Other Declared Missing On Christmas Day Found Dead

The corpses of fun-seekers declared missing on Christmas Day have been recovered from Buruku River in Buruku Local Government Area, Benue State.

The youths had on Christmas Day organized a picnic and carnival at the River which attracted a crowd of fun-seekers in the area.

It was learned that people in hundreds of thousands were seeking fun in River against the directives of the State Government and the Tiv Traditional Council.

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AFIMAG gathered that the duo had placed a ban on the carnival and picnic to contain insecurity and other abnormalities it posed on the state.

The remains of those recovered were 18-year old Chiater Achir, 20-year-old Aondoso Iorlian who hailed from Akaajime Gboko and Mbalagh Buruku respectively.

The third victim who hailed from Yandev North Gboko was Aondogu Gbir a 30-year-old.

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In a statement issued by Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Benue State, and obtained by Africa Investigative Magazine, NSCDC said the youths went on with the carnival despite government orders.

The body explained that it got a tip-off of an illegal gathering at the River the corpses were recovered after a search by its team of divers.

The statement said, “On Friday, December 24, 2021, at about 10:20 am the Command got credible Intelligence about the illegal gathering of youths in hundreds of thousands at the River Buruku for what they termed as Picnic and Carnival.

“The Benue State Government and the Tiv Traditional Council had at different intervals banned this Carnival owing to the negative vices that take place there.

“However the youths still went ahead with the carnival. The Command on the strength of the Intelligence deployed men to the location on December 25, 2021, in collaboration with sister agencies to maintain law and order and if possible stop the carnival from holding; but the youths over-numbered the security officials.

“However, on Sunday, December 26, 2021, there were unsubstantiated reports of missing persons, which was confirmed on Monday, December 27, 2021, after three dead bodies were recovered by a search team of divers at about 10 am,” explained The Command.

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