Some soldiers have on Thursday allegedly raided and burnt several houses and destroying several properties worth millions in Naka, the administrative headquarters of Gwer West Local Government Area of Benue State.
A resident in the village said, the trouble started on Wednesday when a man in military uniform came into the town and bought bread worth over N7,000.
The locals, having watched the uniformed man who was said to have looked like a herdsman, approached him, demanding his identity but he failed to show a means of identification to prove he was a soldier.
Subsequently, the youths were said to have taken the man to a military camp near Naka where soldiers in the camp could not also identify him as their colleagues.
“When the soldiers could not identify him, the boys took him away and the next thing we heard was that he was killed,” one of the residents who spoke on the condition of anonymity said.
But the story changed on Thursday morning when soldiers came into the town which is currently housing thousands of internally displaced persons from the Agagbe axis of the state saying the uniformed man was their colleague and should be released to them.
Failure by the youths to produce the man who is suspected to have been killed was said to have sparked off the mayhem.