From Ado Abubakar Musa, Jos
No fewer than two persons were reportedly shot to death while three others largely injured on Wednesday at about 6 : 00pm in Ginarumbu village along Yelwa – Ibbi road by suspected Tarok youths in Shendam local government area of Plateau state.
All the victims were said to be residents of Yelwa.
Alh. Yakubu Haruna Dangawan who is the Chairman of Yelwa Community Association revealed that about seven other people who were residents of Yelwa were also recently attacked and killed at the same Gina Rumbu, of Shendam LGA. He gave the names of the deceased as; Sani Ibrahim and Abubakar Abdullahi.
According to Dangawan, the victims of the incident were on their way back from a market usually held every Wednesday in Yamini village, when they were suddenly attacked by gunmen. He said the three injured victims have been taken to Sokoto and Bauchi states for medical treatment.
His words, “five residents of yelwa were on Wednesday attacked by on their way from Yamini village to yelwa after a market day. Two of them were killed while three were seriously injured and have been taken to Sokoto and Bauchi states for medical treatment.”
The chairman further called on the government to do everything possible to restore peace in the area to avoid any tendency that would repeat the 2014 crises in the area, where scores were killed and property worth millions of naira were destroyed. He stressed that this kind of attack and killing currently happening were resemblance of those ones before the main 2004 crisis started.
The chairman also suggested that if the government would mount security check points in places like; Ginarumbu, Kanhawa and Gidan Uku where attacks take place, such indiscriminate act would be stopped.
Meanwhile, no fewer than 310 cattle were said to have been rustled by the alleged Tarok youths in Mikang local government area of Plateau State, belonging to Fulani herdsmen
According to the Plateau chapter of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) , the suspected youths alleged to have come from Langtang LGA of the state had attacked several Fulani settlements in Mikang and went with their cattle on Tuesday.
The chairman of MACBAN in the state, Alhaji Haruna Boro Hussaini revealed that over 800 cattle were chased out, but about 500 were found scattered in the bush while but 310 were still nowhere to be found.
Hussaini said “we are getting tired of these attacks; these Tarok youths have continued to rustle our cattle, yet nothing is being done about it. It seems they want to stop us from rearing cattle entirely.”
In response to the alleged rustling by the Tarok Youths, the leader of the youths in Langtang north, Manaseh Zunkur denied the allegations of the attack stressing that no Tarok youth rustled Fulani cattle.
The leader said, “it was when the crisis was intense that our youths used to rustle their cattle, because they burnt down our homes, but now that there is peace we no longer rustle their cattle. Other people may be rustling the Fulani cattle but they always want to blame us.”
When contacted for comment, the Plateau state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Emmanuel Abu said he could not verify the incident, saying the DPO in charge of the area was not around.
In a related development yesterday, members of the Police anti-bomb squad, in Plateau state detonated an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) mounted in Laranto market in of Jos North local government of Plateau state.
The detonated IED which was confirmed by the Plateau state Special Task Force (STF) , said the IED was discovered close to; Tin City school of Electronics under a culvet at Laranto market area in Jos north local government area of the state.
STF spokesman Captain Ikedichi Iweha who confirmed the incident said the bomb was detonated without hitches, calling on people in the state to be watched dog of their environment.
Captain added that “terrorists from the north east are looking for areas to cause trouble especially during this festive season. We urge people to remain vigilant and never take things for granted.”