Plateau Youths Clash Over Land Dispute

Groups of young people in the Mikang Local Government Area of Plateau State reportedly clashed during the weekend over a land dispute.

According to PUNCH, the clash involved Taroh and Motola youths of the area.

It reportedly commenced on Saturday night and persisted until the early hours of Sunday.

Multiple fatalities and properties were destroyed following the violent confrontation between the groups.

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Musa Ashoms , the State Commissioner for Information also confirmed to the publication that the disputed land in the region was the root cause of clash.

Ashoms said:

I have just called the Mikang Local Government Chairman over the issue who told me that it is something that could have been avoided and not allowed to escalate to the point that people lost their lives; and at the moment, there are persons receiving treatment at the hospital.

It started as a result of a dispute over land. According to the LG chairman, the land in question cannot even produce six bags of rice, and you know when people are attached to their land, they can go the extra mile, and it is something they could have controlled their nerves, but somehow, it got to a point where others too joined them and houses were burnt down, and people were maimed.

But as it is, the affected areas have gotten relative peace because the Divisional Police Officers in Mikang, Lantang North, and LGAs have come together to address the problem.

“So, the LG chairman has been on the matter since 8am today (Sunday) to pacify the people and to make them see the need to embrace peace.

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