The recent peace efforts by security agencies and other stakeholders in Plateau State to end the incessant killings in the state, especially in the Plateau North Senatorial district, suffered a major setback at the weekend with the murder of a man, who was killed outside his compound.
The police, Special Task Force (STF) and other security agencies in the state had at the instance of the senator representing Plateau North district, Gyang Pwajok, engaged in frantic peace efforts in the past three weeks to end the orgy of killings in the area.
They had called series of peace meetings with representatives of the Fulani and Berom communities with a view to amicably resolve their differences.
The northern zone of the state, particularly Barikin-Ladi, Riyom and some parts of Jos South Local Government Areas, has witnessed clashes between the Fulani and the native Berom, leading to the death of many people.
This prompted the meetings, attended by representatives of Fulani, Berom, as well as Christian and Muslim clerics to broker a truce between the warring communities.
But a few hours after the peace pact, a Berom man was killed at about 4:30 a.m. outside his compound, when gunmen invaded Gyel village in Jos South Local Government Area.
A source said that immediately they killed the man, his assailants ran away, firing sporadically in the air to scare the villagers.
Though accusing fingers were not immediately pointed at anyone, the victim’s neighbours said the killing was a sign that the peace efforts might have failed.
“Each time agreements are reached by Berom and Fulani to embrace peace, it was always followed by violence,” the source said.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Felicia Anslem, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, confirmed the killing, saying the police have commenced investigation into the matter.