Wase Crisis: 30 Villages Sacked, 74 Houses Burnt

Following renewed hostilities that engulfed Wase local government of Plateau State, no fewer than 30 villages have been sacked in the area while over 74 houses were also burnt down with foodstuff worth thousands of naira destroyed in Zango village of the council area.

The National Chairman of Tarok Community in Wase Local Government Area, Jangu Lohbut, confirmed the level of destruction when the Commander of the Special Task Force, Gen. Henry Ayoola, Police Commissioner Chris Olakpe and the Commissioner of Information Yiljap Abraham took an on-the-spot assessment of the trouble area.

LEADERSHIP WEEKEND gathered that among the villages attacked are Samia, Damishiyer/Dam No. 1, Baki Rijiya, Kuka, Fari, Zamdul, Kurmi, Karkashi and Gungwa all Tarok settlement in Wase local government council.

Mr Lohbut stressed that people cross in to Zango Village from Wase last Monday to attack the area, killing people and burning the entire village?? destroying foodstuff.

He said in Zango alone 53 houses had been burnt and hundredth of people displaced, since the hostility started in January this year, adding that at the moment the people of Zango village, are currently taking refuge in Langtang North and South LGA.

However, the Commissioner of Information and Communication, Yiljap Abraham, condemned the attack and said Governor Jonah Jang was saddened by the ugly development.

He said necessary steps have been taking by the Deputy Governor, Ignatius Longjan who is the board Chairman of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), but the security situation could not be guaranteed for the movement of aid workers to the area.

Yiljap assured the that government will in a very short time take assessment of those displaced and provide them with items that will be of help to them.

He urged them to exhibit the spirit of forgiveness and shun any act that will compound the violence as “governor” Jonah will not rest until peace is return.

The Commander of the Special Task Force (STF) in Charge of Internal Security in Jos and environs Gen. Henry Ayoola urged the displaced persons to return home as their security is guarantee.