The Plateau Police Command has confirmed the killing of one person in a communal clash over the District Headship of Ampang in Kanke Local Government Area of Plateau.
According to Mr Tyopev Terna, its spokesman, several others also sustained injuries in the violence that enveloped the area Wednesday afternoon.
“Those injured have been taken to the Pankshin General Hospital, but we have restored normalcy and arrested three persons in connection with the fracas,” Terna told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
He said that anti-riot policemen had been deployed to the area to forestall further breakdown of law and order.
Mr Titus Panshak, Chairman, Pankshin Interim Management Council, who spoke on the incident, described it as “embarrassing, unfortunate and shameful”.
“We are saddened by developments in Ampang over a dispute bordering on the headship of that District.
“Killing and maiming each other is not good for anyone; this incident is strange and we hope it will never repeat itself,” he said.
He traced the violence to the death of the District Head of Ampang in 2015, and the disagreement between the two ruling families over who should succeed him.
“The former District Head, who was installed in 1978, died in 2015. We had thought that the succession will be quiet and natural, but that was not to be as the two ruling houses could not agree,” he said.
Panshak appealed to the Ampang Community to embrace dialogue and allow peace to reign so that meaningful development could flourish.
He wondered why people should take to arms over a matter they could resolve amicably, and prayed to God to console relations of the deceased and heal those injured.
Panshak confirmed that security had been beefed up in the area to forestall further skirmishes.
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