By Taye Obateru
JOS â€” TWO persons were killed in Jos,Â Sunday, in a fresh violence over the killing, Saturday, of three Fulani herdsmen at Tusung village in the Barakin-Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State.
Some youths who were angered by the killing of the Fulani herdsmen, reportedly turned violent when they saw the corpses which were taken to the Jos Central Mosque for Islamic rites, being conveyed for burial.
Many Christians who were returning from church were caught in the commotion which created fresh panic among residents.
It took the prompt action of the Special Military Task Force maintaining security in the state to douse the rising tension.
They moved armed personnel carriers and men to Bauchi Road, Nasarawa, Angwan Rukuba and other hot spots where a lot of people had gathered, to restore normalcy.
There were, however, conflicting reports on the circumstances surrounding the killing of the Fulani herdsmen as the Special Task Force and the Plateau State Government gave different accounts.
The task force said in a statement signed by Lt- Col. Kingsley Umoh that the herdsmen were kidnapped and killed by villagers after they attempted to recover their cattle which they found in the Fan district.
It said the three soldiers detailed to accompany the herdsmen were attacked and injured, adding that a reinforcement sent to rescue them later discovered the bodies of the herdsmen in a shallow grave around the area.
The state Commissioner for Information, Mr. Gregory Yenlong, in his account, however, said his investigations revealed that the herdsmen hired three soldiers to escort them to the village in search of their missing cows.
He said: â€œI have confirmed that the soldiers hired by the Fulani were not the ones on duty in the area. They were hired from a different place. The villagers sensing that the soldiers are on hired job quickly disarmed them and handed over their weapons to the real soldiers in the area.â€