An ethnic clash in Andaha community, Akwanga Local Government Area of Nasarawa State has led to the death of two persons while 38 houses got razed.
The residents of three villages concerned were forced to flee their homes for fear of a reprisal attack following the attack after suspected Fulani herders assaulted a 19-year-old Mada girl to death.
Reacting to the event, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, ASP Samaila Usman, revealed that the incident occurred when some Mada girls where returning home from a wedding ceremony at Katanza.
According to him, some Fulani herders accosted them, raped one Joy Danlami and beat her severely, thereby leading to her death at the general hospital in Akwanga where her relative took her to for treatment.
Mada youth retaliated by mobilising themselves and went to a Fulani Camp, killing one person in the camp, set it ablaze resulting in the death of five sheep.
The Fulanis also responded with a reprisal attack, mobilizing themselves in large and attacked Nidam and Maite, and burnt several houses.
It was gathered that prior to the incident, the residents of the three villages of Nidam, Maite and Katanza, which are part of Andaha community have lived happily as neighbours for decades.
With things now in disarray, residents are now counting their losses of houses and food items worth millions of naira destroyed and many are now displaced.
ASP Usman further revealed that the Commissioner of Police, Bola Longe, had deployed a detachment of officers to the area to forestall an escalation of the situation.
He added that the force is working hard to ensure the amicable resolution of the problem by summoning a stakeholders’ meeting for dialogue.
He, therefore, urged the people of the state to desist from taking the law into their hands and to give peace a chance.