Protesting youths burn farmer’s house, poultry in Jos North

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By Golok Nanmwa, Jos

Some irate youths on Tuesday morning set the house of a farmer ablaze within the Etoo Baba Community in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State.

Our Correspondent gathered that the angry youths also went to his poultry farm within the locality and looted his birds before setting the farm ablaze as well.

A resident of the Community, Mr. Paul Alhassan who confirmed the incident to our correspondent in Jos said the action of the youths followed an alleged killing of a security man said to be working for the farmer.

According to him “The fire burnt the house including the cars packed in the farmer’s compound, and also spread to another building belonging to his neighbour.”

“From what I heard, the youths were angry because a security man working for the farmer was killed after he was accused of stealing some eggs from his poultry farm.

“It was the farmer’s son who was alleged to have killed the security guard at the poultry farm. The son, who had been suspecting the security guard of stealing, was said to have caught him red-handed and started beating him; in the process, the security guard collapsed and died; then the youth came to their family house and set it ablaze. The corpse of the security guard has been evacuated to the hospital”, the source narrated.

It was learnt that men of the state Fire Service had arrived in the community to stop the fire from spreading to other areas, while security operatives had been deployed to forestall further breakdown of law and order.

As at the time of sending this report, our Correspondent gathered that normalcy has returned to the community.