The death toll in the violence between the Tarok and Fulani in Wase Local Government Area of Plateau has increased from 27 to 40 following a pocket of killings in some of the neighbouring villages.
Nigerian Tribune learnt that men of the Special Task Force mobilised to the affected community of Zango in the local government and arrested the situation on Monday, but instead of abating, the unfortunate development spread to some of the neighbouring villages where people were killed in the early hours of Tuesday.
A source close to the affected villages said the rampaging mercenaries attacked the villages and killed innocent souls who were preparing for their daily activities, adding that at the end of the attack, no fewer than 13 corpses were picked.
Meanwhile, Senator representing Plateau Southern Senatorial Zone in the National Assembly, Victor Mainassa Lar, has appealed to members of his communities to sheath their swords and embrace dialogue for lasting peace to reign in the area.
The lawmaker, who decried the spate of reprisal attacks that had claimed innocent lives in Wase and Langtang South Local Government Area said the unfortunate development would hamper development of the zone.
Senator Lar, who made the appealed while speaking to newsmen in Jos called on traditional rulers and community leaders to take proactive steps through mutual understanding and dialogue to settle dispute.
He urged them to report mass movement of suspicious people who might not mean well to the entire people of both communities to enable the government to take adequate steps towards protection of lives and properties.
Lar said “I appealed to spirited individuals to assist us, because when there is crisis the most badly affected victims are women and children, houses have been burnt with food stuff also destroyed. They need relief materials, and I want to assure that the government is doing everything possible to ensure that lasting peace is restored.”
“The security agencies should be up and doing and the traditional rulers should also help government, I am told that mercenaries who are imported from outside Nigeria are involved in this crisis, they should report any suspicious movement of large strangers in to the communities so that the government can take proactive measures,” he stated.
Meanwhile, a corpse of a young lady with most of her vital parts missing has been found besides a stream in Tudun-Wada area of Jos North Local Government Area of the state.
Nigerian Tribune gathered from people living where the corpse was dumped that the ritualists removed the lady lips, eyes, and tongue of the lady and was dressed in a blue jean trousers and T-shirt at the time of discovery before security operatives took the corpse away at about 8:45 a.m.
The State Police Public Relation officer, DSP Felicia, Anslem confirmed the killing of the lady adding that the remains has been deposited at the hospital for autopsy while investigation continue.