June 11, 2024

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Churches, mosques burn amidst curfew imposed in Mangu, Plateau State

Caleb Manasseh Mutfwang, Gov. of Plateau State.

MOSQUES and churches have become targets of destruction in Plateau State amid escalating tensions over a fatal clash involving cattle.
The incident unfolded in Mangu, claiming the lives of eight persons as cattle wandered into a road, obstructing traffic and triggering a series of violent confrontations, local media report.
State governor Caleb Mutfwang has implemented a 24-hour curfew in Mangu to curb further violence. However, exceptions have been made for the solemn occasion of burials, allowing the community to bid farewell to those who lost their lives.
Usually peaceful Plateau State has unfortunately been turned into a hotbed of inter-communal tension, frequently spilling over into religious and ethnic strife.
This volatile environment is exacerbated by the unique geographical and cultural intersection where the predominantly Muslim-north converges with the largely Christian south, resulting in a mosaic of diverse communities.
As the nation grapples with this challenging situation, efforts are underway to address the underlying issues contributing to such conflicts and promote a more harmonious co-existence experience among the various communities in Plateau state.
A British Broadcasting Corporation BBC report states that six mosques and two churches are confirmed burnt down in the latest mayhem.
Cause of events
Violence started in Mangu, Plateau state, following an unsuccessful attempt by armed thieves to steal Fulani cattle, according to local media reports.
The chaos ensued after the cows escaped during the altercation, leading to deaths and destruction.
Both Christian and Muslim communities targeted places of worship, causing further unrest. Despite a curfew, unconfirmed reports suggest clashes continue.