10 feared killed in Plateau clashes
No fewer than three persons were killed and several houses set ablaze in renewed hostilities between Irigwe and Fulani in Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State, our correspondent gathered yesterday.
The president, Irigwe Youth Movement, Chinge Bodo, told Daily Trust that over four villages in Irigwe chiefdom were attacked and three persons were killed within the past few days.
Bodo said trouble started between the Irigwe and Fulani on Tuesday and yesterday’s attacks occurred simultaneously in different villages which made it difficult for law enforcement agents to address the situation.
Our correspondent could not reach OPSH Media and Information Officer, Captain Adam Umar, yesterday despite several attempts. But Umar earlier said hostilities between the two groups began four days ago when two cows were killed, followed by the killing of an Irigwe boy, which led to growing tension between the two tribes. He said eight persons had however been arrested in connection with the crisis.
Elsewhere in the state, no fewer than seven people were reported to have been killed late Thursday on the outskirts of Dorowan Babuje village of Barikin Ladi Local Government Area.
Residents told Daily Trust that Salihu Wakili, Maryam Iliya and five other passersby were killed. Adamu Wakili, a brother of one of the deceased, Salihu, said the incident happened when his brother was returning home and was attacked by some youths who blocked the road to Mangu town.
He said they suspected it was a reprisal following Tuesday’s killing of a former Head of Service in the state, Moses Gwom, an offduty security man and a shop attendant in Warai village, close to Dorowa.
Plateau State police spokesman, ASP Tyopev Terna, told Daily Trust that they were not aware of the incident.