…As MACBAN accuses media of biased reports
From Ado Abubakar Musa Jos with agency report
The Plateau State Police Command has confirmed a fresh attack on another community in Plateau state.
Reports named the community as Rotsu, a settlement near Nkyie-Doghwro, the village attacked in the early hours of Monday.
Both communities are in Bassa Local Government Area, which has been under a dusk to dawn curfew since Friday. The attacks occurred despite the curfew.
This is just as the Plateau State chapter of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria ( MACBAN ), has accused a cross section of the media of bias reportage on the recent skirmishes that led to the loss of lives and properties in the state.
The Police spokesman in Plateau told journalists yesterday that, “Rotsu village was attracted last night (Monday), No one was killed, but three houses were burnt. Our men responded promptly and rescued the situation.”
Terna Tyopev, who spoke at the police headquarters in Jos, the Plateau State capital, also said police officers prevented another attack on an unnamed settlement in Riyom Local Government Area on Monday night through prompt response to a distress call.
Tyopev spoke shortly after the commissioner of police, Adie Undie, accompanied Governor Simon Lalong to the scene on Tuesday.
He said the commissioner of police has deployed three units of mobile police officers to the troubled areas in Bassa, and has directed the commencement of air surveillance to prevent further loss of lives.
He said the commissioner of police has also directed all divisional police officers in the state to be on the alert, and act promptly on any security challenge.
Reports said Tyopey said no arrests have been made yet, but investigations were ongoing.
Meanwhile, the state chairman of MACBAN, Nura Mohammad Abdullahi, made the allegation yesterday in Jos during a media briefing in response to the allegation labeled against the group on the killing of 29 people in Nkie Donwhro in Basea local government area on Sunday.
According to him, “ there is imbalance in the reportage of what is happening in Bassa Local Government Area. The media neglected and refused to interview the Fulani community so as to capture the killings and beheading of the six innocent Fulani cattle rearers and the rustling of 232 cows by Irigwe militia in Kuri village.
“ It is evident that on last Sunda,y the killing of the six Fulani herders were reported to the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) Bassa and Operation Safe Haven ( OPSH) , sector 6 , who visited the scene and confirmed the deaths and burial, “ he added.
The chairman while appreciating the efforts of the government to ensure peace in the area, further called on all members of the group to live in peace and harmony in the state.