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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Six killed as illegal miners clash in Plateau community

Following a clash between illegal miners at Gyero village of Gyel District in Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State, 6 persons have been confirmed dead.
Dailytime reporters gathered that the incident occurred at about 1pm on Wednesday, when miners from Gyel and others from Miango district of Bassa LGA, clashed over the
ownership of a lucrative mining well.
According to a miner who does not want his name in print, four persons were killed and dumped into a mining pond as people fled from the scene of the clash for safety.
The miner said, “I escaped being killed by a group of youths who were running after innocent persons in the mining camp; they were carrying daggers and weapons.
“When two people were killed from Gyel community, youths from the area quickly mobilized and killed three persons from Miango before the Military intervened”.
When contacted, Plateau State Police Commissioner, Mr. Peter Ogunyanwo, confirmed that 6 persons were killed, three from each of the communities during an argument in a mining camp.
Ogunyanwo said it took the intervention of the Special Task Force (STF), Military from the Rukuba Barracks and the Police to restore peace in the area.
The Police Chief urged the warring communities to sheath their sword and embrace peace.
The CP warn that anybody caught in the scene of the crisis would be arrested.
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