At least people were killed Tuesday in what indigenes say is a land dispute clash between Iregwe and Rukuba speaking nationals of Bassa Local Government Area of northern Plateau state.
The state police command confirmed the incident in a telephone interview with PREMIUM TIMES on Wednesday.
Some witnesses said three, not two, persons died in the fatal clash.
The conflicting figures presented by witnesses and the authority have become the trend in portrayal of casualty rate in Nigeria, with witnesses presenting higher casualty figures.
“The information at our disposal is that two people died in the incident, three others were injured, taken to hospital, treated and discharged,” the police said.
The police spokesman, Abuh Emmanuel, also argued that the clash was not a communal fight.
“It was reported to us that some unknown gunmen attacked the community and killed 2 people. We not aware of the cause of the incident yet, but investigations to that effect is on.
“The Police Commissioner has since dispatched a detachment of anti-riot police to the area and has restored normalcy. But at the moment no arrested has been made,” he said.
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