About 25 people are believed to have been killed at Zango village in Wase LGA of Plateau State as ethnic militia engaged in fresh hostilities.
The killings which is believed to be a continuation of hostilities between the Tarok and the Fulani left several casualties on both sides.
It was learn that armed militia invaded Wase town yesterday afternoon but were repelled by the town’s vigilante members who pursued and killed many of them.
“Shortly after we completed Zuhur prayers we heard gunshots being fired into our community and everybody started running, but we were able to chase the militants away and burnt their camps around the area.
“Five of our youths were killed and we brought back their corpses while I saw over 20 corpses that do not belong to us”, Safi Sambo, a youth leader from Wase was quoted as saying.
A Tarok traditional ruler, Jessey Pyenkwam, was also quoted as confirming that much of Zango, a Tarok settlement, had been razed.
According to him, “It’s sad that this crisis has taken this turn; it is even more sad that it is being seen as a Tarok-Fulani confrontation because both communities need each other.”
Spokesman of the Special Task Force (STF) in the state Captain Salisu Mustapha confirmed that there had been attacks around Wase but could not give the exact number of those killed.
The newly posted Police Public Relations Officer in Plateau, Felicia Anslem, said the counter terrorist police have been deployed to the area to arrest the situation and maintain law and order.
Mr. Anslem called for the cooperation of members of the public to enable the police discharge their duties and bring the situation under control.
He said no arrest has been made in connection with the Wase mayhem, but asked residents to go about their legitimate duties without fears of molestation as the police were trailing that suspects.
The violence in Wase led people to desert Southern Plateau as persons travelling to Shendam; Lafia, the Nassarawa State Capital; and parts of Taraba State; from Langtang North and Kanam s councils had to retreat to Central Plateau for safety.
Wase Local Government has witnessed several attacks on its communities. Residents say the military task force keeping peace in the area are complicit in the attacks which left scores of their kinsmen dead.
There have been reports by some Wase residents that some members of the host community belonging to a particular ethnic group were the perpetrators of the violence.