5 in­jured in Berom/Fu­lani clash

Weekly Trust - - News - LamiSadiq, Jos

At least five per­sons were in­jured in a clash be­tween Berom and Fu­lani youths in a lo­cal min­ing site at RafinAcha vil­lage in Riyom Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of Plateau State yes­ter­day.

Our cor­re­spon­dent gath­ered that the in­ci­dent fol­lowed two days of ten­sion be­tween the two groups af­ter two herders led their cat­tle into a farm be­long­ing to Berom farm­ers. The two cat­tle herders were later ar­rested by per­son­nel of the Op­er­a­tion Safe Haven (OPSH) and handed over to the po­lice.

How­ever, sup­pos­edly un­sat­is­fied with the ar­rest, OPSH Me­dia and In­for­ma­tion Of­fi­cer, Cap­tain Adam Umar, told Daily Trust that some Berom youths beat up Fu­lani youths and news of the as­sault had by Thurs­day reached RafinAcha where the two groups have been min­ing for years.

Cap­tain Umar said emo­tions ran high at the min­ing site which re­sulted ina scuf­fle. He con­firmed that four Berom youths and one Fu­lani man were in­jured in the clash but stressed, “If not for our timely in­ter­ven­tion, it would have been a se­ri­ous clash but the OPSH Sec­tor 9 com­man­der has con­vened a stake­hold­ers’ meet­ing with the youths and their lead­ers and both groups have been warned to de­sist from tak­ing laws into their hands.”

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