10 feared killed in Plateau clashes

Weekly Trust - - News - Lami Sadiq & Bashir Li­man, Jos

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.

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