By Nanwa Golok
The Multi-security Taskforce maintaining law and order in Plateau, southern Kaduna and parts of Bauchi state, Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), yesterday said it arrested eight people with locally fabricated guns following the attack launched on Irigwe communities by suspected herdsmen.
The taskforce Media and Information Officer, Captain Adam Umar told newsmen on phone that trouble started on Tuesday when two cows were killed by unknown persons. Captain Umar said, “While we were investigating the incident, an Irigwe boy was found dead the next day.
The killing prompted Irigwe women and youths to demonstrate and some of them attempted to launch a reprisal attack on some Fulani settlement.” He said when the taskforce was alerted, security men were deployed to the area to calm nerves, “but some of the youths were angry that we stopped them, so they sneaked back to destroy our sector 6 checkpoints.”
The media officer said the Irigwe were complaining that the herders often allowed their cattle graze in their farmlands but stressed that OPSH Commander, Major General Anthony Atolagbe had visited the area to calm the people down. “Our men are currently dominating the area and cordon and search is going on,” he said.
He called on citizens of the state to continue to stay peaceful with one another.
Below is our earlier story on the attack launched by suspected herdsmen on the Jebu-Miango community – leading to the said reprisals:
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