An Islamic religious leader (Imam) has been lauded across the country after he reportedly hid over 200 people including Christians inside a mosque during last weekend’s brutal clash in the state.
The attack was one of such numerous attacks that occured in Plateau villages between June 23 and 24.
11 villages in the Barkin Ladi Local Government Area and its environs were affected in the onslaught in which property worth billions of naira were also destroyed.
According to BBC Pidgin, the religious leader, whose identity was not disclosed, saw people fleeing Birkin Ladi local government area where part of the killings took place.
He was said to have rendered them assistance by offering a mosque in Nghar Yelwa, his village, as a place of refuge.
“I first took the women to my personal house to hide them there, then, I took the men to the mosque to hide, ” the imam reportedly said.
After hiding them, some armed men reportedly approached the imam, asking him to identify the Christians among the people.
It was gathered that the Imam had to lie that they were all Muslims, even as he further laid on the floor, begging the armed men to leave.
Over 100 people were killed in the attack.
Photo credit: BBC Pidgin