Plateau State has been peaceful and quiet for sometime now and we all hoped it would last. Unfortunately, some people (it seems) are determined not to let that happen.
On Thurday, Plateau State experienced fresh crisis in three villages of Balgan, Karkashi and Magama in Langtan South Local Government Area of the State when some attackers stormed the villages leaving dead people and torched houses in their wake.
According to an eye witness the Fulani-Jukun unleashed terror on the native Tarok tribe in the villages in the early hours of Thursday morning, leaving about 37 persons dead, which includes some secondary school students, who were writing their National Examinations Council (NECO) examinations. Residents had to flee the villages for their lives as homes and properties were razed.
The Chairman of Langtang South Local Government area of the State, Mr. Narman Darko, put the death figure at 32: Magama, 23 dead; Bolgan, 7 dead, and Karkishi, 2 dead.
According to him, over 100 houses were torched by the attackers.
He also said that he had informed the Special Task Force (STF) on Jos crisis and they had moved-in their men to prevent further havoc.
Mark Lipdo, Coordinator of Stephanus Foundation, a Jos-based NGO, who confirmed the attack on phone, placed the casualty figure at “about 25,” adding that “although the total death toll may be more as some people are still missing.”
According to him, the attackers followed their victims (mostly children and the elderly) with motorcycles as they tried to escape and shot them.