Many Feared Killed, Homes Razed In Fresh Plateau Clash

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Many Feared Killed, Homes Razed In Fresh Plateau Clash

Several homes were razed, barns destroyed and cattle rustled following a violent clash between irate youths in the Ponglong area of Lalin district, Mikang local government council, Plateau state.

The clash, between Motola and Taroh youths, occurred on Saturday night in Mikang local government.

The Nation gathered that some persons were killed while the numbers of those who sustained various degrees of injuries are also reported to be high.

Some residents added that they are yet to ascertain the number of persons reportedly killed in the bloody clash.

The transition chairman of the council, Hon. Daniel Kungmi, said the clash which occurred between two persons were later hijacked by irate youths and criminals.

He said: “Within a short while, the situation degenerated leading to burning down of houses and barns.

“Several criminal elements took advantage of the unfortunate situation and rustled cattles as well as other valuables.”

He added: “Immediately we got the news of the clash, we reported the incident to security operatives who moved swiftly to the affected community to restore law and order.

“I just returned from the affected community and the situation is under control, but for now, we can not ascertain the number of persons killed in the clash.

“I am also in touch with the transition committee chairman of Langtang North local government council, Hon Nanmwa Kumzhi and we would be holding a critical stakeholders meeting soon as this clash is between brothers.”

Hon Daniel Kungmi urged residents of the area to be calm.

“I call on the people to be more tolerable and cautious of undesirable elements that might want to take advantage of the unfortunate situation to inflict harm on innocent persons.”

He added that the commissioner of police in the state is on his way to visit the affected community on Sunday.

The spokesperson of the state police command DSP Alabo Alfred hasn’t responded to inquiry when contacted on the incident.

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By Abia ThinkTank

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