Plateau State’s Unrest: Churches and Mosques Burned Amid Escalating Tensions & Curfews

In the central Plateau state of Nigeria, violence and killings have been on the rise, with the latest incident occurring in Mangu, where cattle wandered onto a road, obstructing traffic and triggering a series of violent confrontations, resulting in the deaths of eight individuals.

This escalating tension has led to the destruction of mosques and churches in the region. The state governor has imposed a 24-hour curfew in Mangu to curb further violence, but exceptions have been made for the solemn occasion of burials, allowing the community to bid farewell to those who lost their lives.

The central region of Plateau has been a hotbed of inter-communal tension, frequently spilling over into religious and ethnic strife. The violence started in Mangu, Plateau state, following an unsuccessful attempt by armed thieves to steal Fulani cattle

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 the curfew, unconfirmed reports suggest that clashes continue. Plateau state has been prone to inter-communal tension that often boils over into religious and ethnic violence. The region is where the mainly Muslim north meets the largely Christian south, and many communities are mixed.

The clashes in Mangu are unrelated to the political unrest witnessed in Jos, where police fired tear gas at some politicians trying to gain access to the local state assembly.

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 coexistence among the various communities in Plateau state.

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