Fulani herders and Irigwe youths clashed in the villages of Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State, resulting in at least four deaths and the burning of many houses.
ASP Ubah Gabriel, the spokesman for the State Police Command, confirmed the incident, saying fifty houses were torched.
“On 31/07/2021, the Command received a report of a conflict between gunmen believed to be Fulani militia and youth from Irigwe at Jebbu Miango, Bassa LGA of Plateau State.
“Unfortunately, fifty houses were torched and four natives were also killed.
The tactical team of the Command was deployed to the scene upon receiving the report in order to tighten security in the area and restore peace.
Commissioner of Police Edward Egbuka, along with other senior officers of the Command, visited the scene and ordered a discreet investigation to ascertain who was responsible for this dastardly act.
“Normalcy has been restored there,” he said.
According to reports, more than 10 people were injured in the clash.
From Thursday last week to Saturday night, both sides blamed each other for the crisis.
Garba Abdullahi, State Chairman of Gan Allah Fulani Development Association of Nigeria (GAFDAN), said more than 10 herders were injured and have been taken to the hospital for treatment.
Herders were rearing before the violence on Saturday when one of them was killed.
Danjuma Autta, Secretary-General of the Irigwe tribe, told our correspondent that four bodies have been found so far following the clash and many houses belonging to Irigwe have been burned down.
The government was not proactive before the crisis escalated to the current level, according to him.
“The crisis was caused by the government’s negligence,” he said. The situation has reached war-like proportions.
Before violence erupted, the government was expected to spring into action. The misunderstanding should not have become a crisis.
“We need peace, the government should fulfill its responsibility to protect lives and property for all. “All lives are important,” Autta said.