By Marie-therese Nanlong
JOS — The Special Task Force, STF, in Plateau State, yesterday, reportedly destroyed houses and property at Foron village of Barkin Ladi Local Government Area, as part of a search operation.
“About 10 Hilux vans and one Armoured Personnel Carrier, APC, filled with soldiers and some Fulani herdsmen stormed the community at about 6.30a.m.,” a resident, Samson Tsok, said.
He said the soldiers harassed residents, destroying their property and causing pandemonium, forcing the residents to flee for dear lives.
Tsok, who is the Acting National Chairman of Berom Youth Moulders, BYM, said: “One Berom village, Foron, was attacked by unknown gunmen suspected to be Fulani, Tuesday night.
“Two of our boys were killed in the attack and four people are still missing.
“This morning (yesterday), some soldiers of the Special Task Force, STF, stormed the village without notice; we were embarrassed and felt under siege.
“The soldiers came to ransack our village without informing even our community and youth leaders. We do not even know what they are searching for and they came in company of some Fulani people, who were pointing at the houses to raid.
“At the end of the so-called search, they did not tell us if they found anything.”
Chairman of the local government area, Mr. Emmanuel Loman, said STF should be called to order for the impunity its personnel were perpetrating in the area.
Loman said: “Some Fulani went to rear cows at the backyard of some Berom and a disagreement ensued, which led to loss of lives on both sides.
“STF later claimed that some of their members were killed and they came with 10 Hilux vans and APC, breaking people’s houses and causing confusion.”
However, leader of the Fulani herdsmen in Barkin Ladi council, Muhammed Adams, said: “Some of our boys went for grazing with cows on Tuesday evening and some armed men, suspected to be Berom youths, shot our cows and killed eight.”
Why we invaded— STF
The STF Media and Information Officer, Captain Ikedichi Iweha, said: “We did not go to the village for nothing.
“It started last Tuesday evening, at about 4:30p.m. About 400 cows were rustled in Foron, we followed up the report and recovered the cows.
“Eight cows were shot and six died.
“The herdsmen could not be found. We later found one body; we are still searching for the other missing Fulani herdsmen.”