Five killed, police station burnt in Jos festival tragedy

No fewer than five persons were reportedly killed by soldiers
attached to the Special Task Force at the annual hunting festival of
Bassa people in Bassa Local Government Area of Jos, Plateau State on
Sunday.
Some youths, who were on a hunting expedition, were said to have
engaged in a fight that threatened the continuation of the festival.
Some of the elders of the community were said to have invited
policemen at a nearby station who arrested two of the warring youths.
Incensed by the arrests, their colleagues were said to have stormed
the police station and released them and followed up by burning the
police station and a magistrate's court adjacent to the police station.
They also allegedly vandalised some vehicles and other personal
belongings of the policemen at the station.
The police, who were overwhelmed by the rampaging youths, were said have sent a distress call for reinforcement from the STF.
On arrival, the youth were said to have engaged the soldiers, throwing stones and other weapons at them.
The soldiers allegedly opened fire on the attackers, killing five of them instantly.
The killings forced a reaction from the community as women trooped
out in large numbers in black attire on Monday to protest against the
incident.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Samuel Dabai, who
confirmed the development to our correspondent on Monday, said the
incident started as a minor fracas between two youths returning from a
hunting expedition.
He also confirmed the burning of a police station and magistrate's court in the community by the rioters.
The PPRO however said only one person died while two others were injured in the incident.

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