Four people have been killed in a clash between Fulani and Beroms in Foron Village of Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State. Both parties claimed that eight of the kinsmen were missing.
Nigerian Pilot gathered that three soldiers were allegedly injured in the clash.
Acting National Chairman of Berom Youth Moulders, BYM, Samson Tsok said “one Berom village, Foron was attacked by gunmen suspected to be Fulani on Tuesday night, two of our boys were killed in the attack and four people are still missing.”
He continued: “Early this morning, some soldiers of the Special Taskforce, STF, stormed the village without notice; we were embarrassed and feel under siege.
“The soldiers came to ransack our village without informing our community and youth leaders, we don’t even know what they are searching for, they came in company of some Fulani people who were pointing at the house to raid, they just burst into any house and started searching.
“At the end of the so-called search, they did not tell us if they found anything,” Tsok said.
Leader of the Fulani in the council, Muhammed Adams said: “Some of our boys went for grazing with cows on Tuesday evening and armed men suspected to be Berom youths shot and killed eight of the cows.
Adams said: “Apart from shooting our cows, the herdsmen were also killed, we have found one of the victims, but the other four are still missing.”
When contacted, spokesman of the STF, Captain Ikedichi Iweha said: “We did not go to the village for nothing, it all started last Tuesday evening, at about 4:30pm, about 400 cows were rustled in Foron, we followed up the report and recovered the cows.”
Capt Iweha said, “Apart from the cows rustled, eight cows were shot, six of them died, the other two were injured.
“In addition to that, the herdsmen who were grazing the cows could not be found, so early morning of yesterday, we went to the village to search for the missing herdsmen. We later found one body of the missing herdsmen, we are still in search of five missing Fulani herdsmen till this moment.
“But while our men were conducting the search, some Berom youths re-grouped and attacked men of the STF; they shot three soldiers on peace keeping mission. Two of the men shot are in critical condition, but the other one is stable.
“Now, our frustration as soldiers on national assignment is that why are the people we are protecting attacking us. That has been the habit of the people of this local government, especially people of Barkin Ladi. Why should we be the subject of attack?” Capt Iweha said.