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Anxiety as residents protest Monday’s killings in Plateau

By Taye Obateru

Jos — There was fresh anxiety in Plateau State, yesterday, following a protest in Riyom Local Government Area near the state capital against Monday night’s killing of five people by suspected Fulani herdsmen at Rim village.

This is even as security men exhumed about seven corpses suspected to have been killed secretly by unknown persons at Rahoss.

The attackers were said to have struck at about 7p.m. Monday, taking the villages unawares. Another version said the five were attacked where they went in search of tin to mine at the mining sites in the area.

Two of the corpses were recovered, while three were still missing. Another attack on a nearby village, Tass, early yesterday, was said to have sparked the demonstration by the people who took over the highway to wail and mourn the continuous loss of lives in their area.

The protesters barricaded the highway which is the gateway to Jos from Abuja, Lafia, Kafanchan, creating a traffic jam for hours which stretched for some  kilometres.

Travellers take alternative routes

Many travellers into the state made a detour when they heard of the demonstration for fear of being caught in the disturbance. Travellers from Gombe, Bauchi and other parts of the North-East also took alternative routes to Abuja and other places, especially against the backdrop of the recent killing of a pastor and his wife in Bauchi State.

2 military men attacked
Two members of the special military task force were injured and hospitalised when they were mistaken for fake soldiers by angry villagers while trying to catch up with their colleagues who went to the troubled area to restore order.

One of the soldiers who was seen at the Air Force Hospital in Jos, yesterday, explained that he was attacked while trying to catch up with his colleagues who left for the troubled area while a fellow soldier who tried to save him was also attacked despite showing their identification cards.

Security men have, meanwhile, taken over the area to prevent further attacks but there was no official reaction to the incident by the special task force at press time.


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