From Yakubu Busari, Jos
At least one person has been confirmed dead, while several buildings were burnt down at Naraguta village, Jos North LGA of Plateau State during the clash between encroachers on land belonging to the University of Jos
Our correspondent gather that the incident occurred on Saturday morning when a combined security operatives stormed the area to demolish illegal houses built on the University land.
Spokesperson of the Plateau State Police Command, ASP Ubah Gabriel who confirmed the incident said one person was killed while four houses were burnt.
He disclosed that the police was on top of the situation and said investigation was ongoing to bring the perpetrators to book.
However, the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Jos North Local has disagreed with the figure given by the police and stated that “10 churches and some vehicles were burnt down in Naraguta village settlement dominated by Christians.”
The CAN chairman Rev. Canon Nenman Isa Gowon in a statement, said they cannot continue to suffer such a loss every time there is clash on that land and called on the authorities and security agents to rise to the ocassion.
He said; “We are again being attacked in Jos North by some claimed Muslims community who took over the land belonging to the university of Jos. These people came at around 11:30am today 22-02-2020 and burnt down at least ten Christians houses in Naraguta villages a village settlement dominated by Christians and a church and some cars.
” We want to make it clear to the government and security agents that while we continue to obey law and order, we want to call on them to bring these known persons to book or we will be forced to prosecute those who are saddled with responsibility to care for lives and property.
“We cannot continue to be at a lost. I repeat we cannot continue to be at lost. These persons are known by the security personnel and the university whose land have been occupied.”
Gowon described burning of the churches and houses and well as three students hotel as unfortunate.