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Jos: 3 killed, 2 wounded, 19 youths arrested in fresh attack

Three persons were feared dead and two others wounded following a fresh attack in Gonghwong settlement of Turu village in Vwang district, Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State yesterday evening. The attack was suspected to have been carried out by Fulani men who were said to have made away with over 100 cows belonging to the natives, Berom.

Eyewitnesses disclosed that the three men killed in the attacked were macheted to death in a similar manner as that of Dogo Nahawa killings of January 2010. Three other victims of the attack had machete cuts all over their bodies and were presently receiving treatment at the Vom Christian Hospital. They were said to be in a critical condition and might be transferred to the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH).

Spokesman of the Special Task Force (STF), Operation Save Haven, Captain Charles Okocha confirmed the attacked but said only one man was killed.
According to Capt. Okocha, “yesterday at about 8:30 in the evening there was an attack on Gonghwong village in Kaduna Vom, Jos South Local Government by suspected Fulani assailants. In the attack two locals were shot but were rushed to the hospital by policemen on patrol.” He said, “our own troops deployed to K/Vom arrived the scene and combed the area. At about a distant of three kilometers from the village, an unidentified corpse of a man was found lying by a bicycle beside the road.

“At the same point, a Toyota bus was found with plate number XE 233 BUU driven by one James Adamu was carrying 19 youths from Dahwolbok village also in K/Vom and were apprehended with two locally made revolvers, two swords, two machetes, one dagger, four metal rods, six wooden clubs and two catapults.
“Other items found on the suspects included 11 handsets, whistles, four sachets of Peak milk and N3, 000.00, among others.”
The STF spokesman said, “suspects and other exhibits as you can see have been handed over to the police for further investigation.”

However, Gyang Tanko,  a member of the village said in an interview that “The STF is just hiding the truth, it was a case of cow rustling, the Fulanis came to attack us and they killed three of our men and wounded two others who are in the hospital. The Fulanis stole over 100 cows during the attack.
“I got a call last night and I had to rush to the scene of the incident but when the youths came out to mobilize themselves to secure the stolen cows, they were arrested even when the military men were said to have seeing the cows about a few distance away.”
According to Micheal Gyang, another member of the community, “while the Fulanis were attacking us no security man came to our rescue. It was after the Fulani left and our youths were protesting the attack that the soldiers arrested 19 of them .
“When the STF were told that it was the Fulani that attacked us, instead of them to trail the Fulanis, they arrested our youths who are completely innocent of the attack.”

Also, the villagers said: “The task force that arrested our youths are the ones from Bukuru units instead of the two units we have in Vom here. The three soldiers that came from Bukuru are two Fulani soldiers and the third is an Hausa man.”
Gyang insisted that the soldiers that came from Bukuru to Vom should know something better since there are two units in Vom.
Spokesman of the STF, however, insisted that the soldiers that arrested the 19 suspects were from the Vom unit and not from Bukuru. The STF also said they were not aware of any case of cattle rustling but they were aware of an attack by suspected Fulani assailants. The STF also denied knowledge of any victim in Vom Christian hospital.

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