In the course of our investigations into the fierce fighting which erupted in Gashish and Kurafalls ,two villages in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area today Newsdiaryonline.com has obtained a fresh account of the circumstances that led to the death of a Corporal last week.
The death of the corporal led to the reprisal attacks by STF forces that allegedly destroyed about 50 houses belonging to the Fulani community in the area.
A Fulani source who confirmed to Newsdiaryonline.com that a corporal was in deed killed last week in the area , said the dead corporal hailed from the Berom community.
Narrating how he was killed, the source alleged that corporal had held a meeting with his Berom people and under the cover of darkness, he led his people to attack Fulani community.
“The Fulani also reinforced as the attackers came and drove Berom attackers back.It was in the process of driving the attackers back that the Corporal was killed, ” a source told Newsdiaryonline.com.The local Fulani people said they did not know that a corporal was among their attackers last week.They only realized that after he was hit while they repelled those they thought were Berom attackers, a source said.
According to the source, STF sources who realized that their personnel was killed just embarked on reprisal attacks on Fulani homes afterwards without minding what led to the corporal’s death.
Last week’s killing of a corporal and counter attacks by the STF are believed to be behind today’s revenge attacks on villages in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area.