A fresh clash between Fulani and Taroh herdsmen in Wase local government area of Plateau state has resulted in the death of over 35 inidivuals and damages including the burning of 15 houses.
The incident happened after the killing of two men said to be of Taroh extraction by people suspected to be Fulani herdsmen.
The men were allegedly killed while riding along the Wase – Kadarko Road.
According to an eyewitness account, the crisis broke out at about 1. 45am on Wednesday when some youths invaded Fili Mavou, the hometown of the state Commissioner for Water Resources, Idi Waziri and burnt 15 houses.
“Many people were killed before men of the Special Task Force raced to the village.” The eyewitness revealed.
The Police Commissioner, Mr. Chris Olakpe, who confirmed the incident, stated that only eight people were killed. He also disclosed that the “Emir has had a meeting with local government officials and security operatives on how to stop the ugly incident from spreading to other areas.”
“Yes there was an attack in Mavou community early this (Wednesday) morning and eight people have been confirmed killed. Operation is going on to control the situation.” Mr. Olakpe stated.
Spokesman for the Special Task Force, Capt. Salisu Mustapha, said security personnel were deployed in the area following a distress call from the Mavo community.
He revealed that three of the attackers were arrested but was remained silent on the number of casualties.
Olakpe said, “our personnel were swiftly moved to the scene of the incident and they repelled the attack. Three of the suspected attackers were arrested and are currently undergoing interrogation.”
He assured the comunity that the situation has been brought under control as normalcy has been restored and that efforts are ongoing to apprehend the other perpetrators.