Twenty-seven people, inclusive of two soldiers and two mobile policemen were reportedly killed on Wednesday allegedly by suspected Fulani herdsmen at Dung Kasa, Rafiki and Dutse Kura communities of Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State.
Houses and cars were also burnt by the suspected hoodlums.
An eyewitness said the death toll comprise two MOPOL, two soldiers and eyewitness stated.
The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Texas Chukwu of the Nigerian Army confirmed the death of the two soldiers.
Chukwu said in a statement on Wednesday that seven suspects had been arrested while some weapons were recovered.
According to the statement, 23 dead bodies were also discovered in Mararaba Dare area as the suspected herdsmen opened fire on the troops’ convoy and the residents.
“Troops of 3 Division Garrison, Jos arrested seven suspects and recovered weapons in the clash between Miango community and herdsmen at Rafiki village on Wednesday.
“The troops responded to distress calls to the clash reported by locals.
“As troops moved in to settle the dispute, the herdsmen opened fire on them during which two soldiers paid the supreme price and seven suspects were arrested in connection with the clashes.
“While conducting the search, troops discovered 23 dead bodies at Mararaba Dare shortly before Rafiki village and many civilians were wounded.
“Two other soldiers wounded are receiving medical attention at 3 Division Military Hospital and Medical Services. They are stable.
“Weapons recovered include one Ak 47 assault rifle with 26 rounds of 7.62mm special and one locally made single barrel loaded with 15 rounds. Troops have intensified patrol within the general area to forestall further break down of law and order,” the statement read in part.
Meanwhile, Gov. Simon Lalong has called an emergency security meeting from where a decision was taken to impose dusk to dawn curfew.
The Secretary to the State Government, Mr Rufus Bature, in a statement after the meeting, said the state had declared a curfew in Bassa Local Government Area after consultation with security agencies.
Bature said that the curfew would be within 6.00 p.m and 6.00 a.m daily.
He called on the affected communities to embrace peace, assuring them that efforts were on to unravel the immediate and remote causes of the problem.
“Consequently, security agencies in the area have been mandated to enforce the curfew.
“Law abiding citizens are advised go about their lawful businesses,” the SSG said.