Violence between Fulani headsmen and Berom people escalated yesterday as armed Fulani herdsmen invaded Rim village to launch fresh attack in Rim.
The attack was however repelled by the Special Task Force (STF) on Jos .
Before the arrival of the STF, two Berom youths were shot by the attackers. However, while trying to repel the Fulani invasion, a stray
bullet hit and killed another Berom youth. It was not immediately known if the stray bullet was fired by men of the special task Force or the armed Fulanis.
Victim of the stray bullet, Mr. Bulus Dakumbi has been buried by her family while the two injured are receiving treatment at the Christian Hospital,Vom.
An eye witness said, “The Fulanis were angered by the arrest of their leaders by security agencies last Tuesday and vowed to continue to attack the Beroms until their leaders are released by the security agencies.”
The State commissioner for Information Yiljab Abraham who briefed newsmen after an emergency security meeting in Jos last Wednesday confirmed to newsmen that three community leaders in Riyom and Barkin Ladi were arrested by the STF for questioning in connection with violence in their domain.
It was learnt that one of the community leaders currently held at the STF headquarters Jos is a Fulanis in Riyom, which was why his subjects are fully angered.
National secretary of Miyeti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, Alhaji Saleh Bayeri said, “I know two Fulani leaders Ardo Bachit and Ardo Riyom were arrested, they were charged to court and they have been released on bail. I know Fulani youths threatened to protest if their leaders were not released by Thursday, but now that those leaders have been released, I don’t expect them to protest any longer and I want to believe it is not true Fulani youths are on the rampage in Riyom.”
Meanwhile Berom women in Rim have protested the frequent attacks on them by gunmen as well as the stray bullets that killed one youths. The Nation learnt that the women confronted d men of the STF and asked them to leave their area.
One of the angry women
told The Nation, “We don’t want any soldier in our area, they are not protecting us. Many of our children and husbands have been attacked and killed in the presence of the soldiers.They should go since they are of no benefit to us. We are ready to handover our security to God in heaven.” Spokesman of the STF, Capt. Mdahyelyah Markus however said he had not knowledge of the incident.
SOURCE: The Nation