According to the Punch,on Thursday,18th May 2023,the unending bloodlust between Fulani herdsmen and farmers in Plateau state,claimed the precious lives of no less than 85 locals,after which the whereabouts of over 3,000 persons are yet to be ascertained during the bloody confrontation.
Following the information obtained by news reporters,it all started on Monday, 15th May 2023 when about 30 villagers were slaughtered in cold blood across various community in the state.Credible sources added that the bloodshed continued till Thursday, which piled up the death toll forcing many others to run for their lives as a result of the incessant killings.
On the other hand,it remains a mystery on what could have led to such bloodshed in Mangu for 4 consecutive days.But,one thing is certain,the Fulani herdsmen and farmers don't get along throughout the region, prompted them to take up arms against one another,which ended up affecting many innocent people in the affected communities.
When contacted,one Joseph Gwankat, a prominent member of the affected settlement and representative of the Mwaghavul Development Association, verified the unfortunate occurrence, saying that a search party organized to assess damages found 85 dead bodies littered all over the region including women and children.
In addition,the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) disclosed that as a result of the violence in the state,a considerably large number of houses were destroyed in fire and thousands of locals were forced to seek refuge in neighbouring settlements.
As confirmed by the regional coordinator for NEMA, Eugene Nyelong, approximately 3,683 persons are reportedly missing from the community with about 720 houses burnt to ashes while 216 persons suffered severe bodily damages,out of which 57 were rushed to a local medical center for treatments.
In the meantime,the state police correspondent Alfred Alabo affirmed that, the authorities have taken five persons into custody in connection with the tragedies, and they have sent out a group of gallant police officers to secure the region in case of any reignited violence.
Conclusively, Solomon Maren, a legislator who represents Mangu and the nearby Bokkos in the House of Representatives, clarified that normalcy is yet to be restored in the region as more persons are relocating from the region based on the fact that gunshots are still being fired intermittently as of Thursday afternoon.
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