PLATEAU CRISIS — Soldiers serving with the Special Task Force on Jos crisis on Thursday opened fire on rampaging youth who blocked a road in Bokkos Local Government Area of Plateau state, in protest of the killing of a monarch and a night attack on Wednesday.
According to a report by PREMIUM TIMES, at least one person was reportedly killed and five others injured.
A witness, Mangai Haruna, had told reporters that the youth refused to allow soldiers into the area, pressing them instead to produce the killers of their kinsmen. and “They shot on our people, one of them died instantly,” Haruna said.
Residents say there is tension in Bokkos town, as many have fled the area to seek refuge elsewhere. The weekly Thursday market in the town could not open due to the crisis.
A spokesperson for the STF could not be immediately reached to comment on the incident.
The latest spell of violence began on Monday afternoon when unknown gunmen ambushed and killed Lazarus Agaei, a first class traditional ruler and the Saf Ron Kurele, alongside his wife, son and a police guard. and on Wednesday night, unknown assailants reportedly destroyed homes and attacked residents of the area.
In protest, youth barricaded roads leading to the area on Thursday morning, and blocked the convoy of the police commissioner of Plateau State, Adekunle Oladunjoye but was later allowed in.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of operations, Habila Joshak, is currently in Bokkos. Mr. Joshak was deployed from Abuja to ensure the arrest of the killers of the monarch.
At Bokkos council police station where the youth gathered, Mr. Joshak sued for peace, and assured that perpetrators of the crime would be arrested and prosecuted.
Until this incidence, Plateau State has enjoyed relative calm after years of ethno-religious conflict that claimed the lives of thousands.