In protest of the murder of the traditional ruler of Bokko Local Government Area, Plateau state, a fresh attack has ensued as soldiers serving with the Special Task Force on Jos crisis on Thursday opened fire on rampaging youths who blocked a road within the area.
It was gathered that at least one person was killed and five others injured.
A source, who witnessed the incident, Mangai Haruna, said the youth refused to allow soldiers into the area, pressing them instead to produce the killers of their kinsmen.
“They shot on our people, one of them died instantly,” Mr. Haruna said.
Speaking also, the leader of the youth group, Jibrin Malau, a physically-challenged man on wheelchair, said they would not allow soldiers provide security to their people anymore.
A youth, Peters Marren, said “We don’t want soldiers again, because the community that was attacked yesterday night (Wednesday) is behind a military base, why didn’t they give the community protection?”
“Soldiers are betrayers, we will not allow soldiers into our villages, they are aiding the killings. They were there when Danan community was set on fire, the armed men destroyed, injured and kill our people. Soldiers must go, we want them replaced with mobile police.”
Meanwhile, Ibrahim Idris, the acting Inspector-General of Police, (IGP) on Thursday, directed Mr. Joshack Habilla, Deputy-Inspector-General of Police (DIG) in charge operations, to proceed to the troubled community with immediate effect and ensure the arrest of the killers of Chief Lazarus Agaie, the traditional ruler of Bokkos, who was murdered on his way from a farm alongside his wife, son and Police orderly.