Some youths in Gboko, Benue State on Monday afternoon Dec 3rd, stormed Gboko main market in what was tagged operation “Say no to cultism” to forcefully cut some men’s hair.
According to the youths, anyone who keeps long hair is a cultist. Ukan Kurugh shared some photos from the scene of the incident.
Below is what he posted…
“Described as Jemgbagh youths and carrying assorted weapons like cutlasses and clubs, moving in a bus inscribed with Flight Transport limited, some young men today threatened the prevailing peace in Gboko by attacking people keeping hair and forcefully shaving them. They claimed they were out to hunt cultists. This act nearly sent the town into confusion.
As at the time of filing this report, it was not clear under whose authority they were acting but many persons expressed worry that, the act was an infringement of peoples fundamental human right to personal liberty and dignity of human person.
”The young men were said to chase on sight, any person wearing afro styled hair and ensure that such a person was shaved. They are also said to have arrested some persons on allegations of cultism. The question that has remained on the peoples lips is where such authority would have emanated and whether or not, they have a constitutional duty to do what they did.
Further reports have it that, calm has returned after complaints flooded against the act, meanwhile, I wish to call on the Tor Tiv, the Benue State Commissioner of Police and the Gboko LGC chairperson as well as the Governor of Benue State to take the necessary steps to address this show of unconstitutionality. It questions lawfulness to see youths take laws into their hands and infringe on other peoples rights”