Several houses were yesterday reported to have been burnt in the Fulani neighbourhood of Kakuru village in Barkin Ladi local government area of Plateau State after yet to be identified persons said to be residents of the village killed a member of the STF and seized his weapon.
The Plateau State Secretary of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACB), Muh’d Nuru Abdullahi, told Daily Trust yesterday that members of his association in Kakuru said the arson was perpetuated by members of the STF who concluded that the killing of the STF member was done by Fulani residents of the area.
“Very early this morning, soldiers and policemen of the STF stormed Fulani residences of Kakuru village and started burning and demolishing houses,” Abdullahi said, adding, “they have burnt not less than 50 houses; some of them demolished, although I can’t ascertain the number for now because all the Fulani residents had to run from the village for the safety of their lives”.
He said it was bad of the STF to have concluded that it was Fulani people that killed their member since the STF had no proof to that effect.
Responding to the charge last night, the STF spokesman, Captain Salisu Mustapha, told Daily Trust that STF neither reached the conclusion that its official was killed by Fulani men nor did it destroy any Fulani house.
“One of our men, Corporal Friday Babale, a mobile policeman, was killed and ammunition taken from him by unidentified persons and we went to the village (Kakuru) in the morning to ascertain what happened and see if we could recover the seized items but there is no way we could have destroyed houses because it would be too unprofessional for us to do so,” Mustapha said.
He said the STF did find a hut that was burnt, but that the STF had not found out the circumstances leading to the burning of the huts because the whole village had been deserted by the time the STF got there.
He disclosed that three people had been arrested in connection with the killing of Corporal Friday Babale and that investigation had commenced.