Herdsmen Kill Four, Raze 50 Houses In Plateau Attack

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No fewer than four people have been killed and about 50 houses burnt in a clash between Fulani herd­ers and Irigwe youths in the villages of Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State.

The spokesman of the state Police Command, ASP Ubah Gabriel, who con­firmed the incident, said, “On 31/07/2021, the com­mand received a report that there was a conflict between gunmen suspected to be Fu­lani militia and youths from Irigwe at Jebbu Miango, Bas­sa LGA of Plateau State.

“Unfortunately, fifty hous­es were torched and four na­tives were also shot dead.

“Upon receipt of the re­port, the tactical team of the command were immedi­ately deployed to the scene to tighten the security of the area and to restore peace.

“The Commissioner of Police, Edward Egbuka, with other senior officers of the command, visited the scene and ordered a discreet inves­tigation to fish out the perpe­trators of the dastardly act.

“Normalcy has been re­stored in that area,” he added.

More than 10 people were said to have been injured in the clash.

The clash began on Thursday last week to Satur­day night with both parties blaming each other for the crisis.

The state chairman of Gan Allah Fulani Develop­ment Association of Nigeria (GAFDAN), Garba Abdulla­hi, said, “More than 10 herd­ers were injured and have been taken to the hospital for treatment.

“One herder was killed on Thursday while rearing before the Saturday’s clash.”

Danjuma Autta, Secre­tary-General of the Irigwe tribe, said that four corpses have been found so far after the clash and many houses belonging to Irigwe were burnt down.

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He blamed the govern­ment for not being proactive before the crisis escalated to the current situation.

He said, “It is the negli­gence on the part of the gov­ernment that led to the crisis. The situation has reached the level of war.

“It was expected that the government should swing into action before any vio­lence. It should not have al­lowed the misunderstanding to turn into a crisis.

“We need peace, the gov­ernment should rise up to its responsibility to protect lives and properties of all. All lives are important,” Autta added.

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