The recent attacks on villages in Plateau State is showing no signs of abating as another 27 persons were killed following violence in Zango village of Wase Local Government yesterday evening.
According to a source, the violence broke out when a group of youths attempted to attack Wase town, but were repelled by the community’s youth and vigilante groups.
The youths then regrouped and came back to confront the vigilante group, leading to a skirmish with dangerous weapons which left 27 people dead and many others injured.
A member of the Yelwan-Shendam Community Development Association, Abdullahi Danbaba, said he narrowly escaped the attack while on his way to Yelwa.
A Tarok traditional ruler, Ponzhi Kumbwang of Wase Local Government Area, Jessey Pyenkwam, told newsmen that he was told a Tarok settlement had been razed entirely.
He said: “It’s sad that this crisis has taken this turn; it is even more pathetic that it is being seen as a Tarok-Fulani confrontation because both communities need each other.”
However, the Special Task Force (STF) spokesman, Salisu Mustapha confirmed last night that there had been attacks around Wase but declined knowledge of any casualty.
He said, “There were disturbances on the outskirts of Wase, but I have no report of casualty.”
He added that the disturbances had been brought under control.