There was tension in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State yesterday, following attacks and reprisal attacks between youths in the area, which left eight people dead.
Our correspondent gathered that one person was killed while two persons sustained injury on Tuesday night, when a group of youths alleged to be from a Berom community stormed the house of a renowned politician, Alhaji Auwal Tanko, who is said to have been nominated as a supervisory councillor by Governor Simon Lalong.
Some Hausa youths irked by the attack allegedly laid ambush on some Berom youths, killing three persons, whose corpses were said to have been discovered in a nearby well.
Tanko Salisu Nasir, a member of Tanko’s family who survived the attack, told our correspondent on telephone that “we had just finished eating our meal when we heard gunshots. The gun men killed my 10 years old brother, Hassan Salisu.”
The victim said he found himself in Mainasara Hospital, where four bullets were removed from his body.
A community leader in Barkin Ladi, Alhaji Danjuma Abdullahi said the matter had been reported to the sector commander in charge of the area, adding that the town was tensed for fear of reprisals.
Similarly, gunmen attacked a local bar at Anguwan Durung area of Barkin Ladi yesterday and killed four persons, including one Mark Lukas.
Coordinator of Stephanious Foundation, Mark Lipdo confirmed the incidence to our correspondent.
He said unknown gunmen stormed the bar yesterday afternoon and started shooting sporadically, killing four persons.
The Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, DSP Abu Emmanuel confirmed the attack on the residence of Alhaji Auwal Tanko, but said he had no knowledge of the three corpses found in a well.