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How Imam hid 262 people inside Mosque from killer herdsmen in Plateau State

Valentine Chinyem



A Muslim cleric in Nghar Yelwa, Plateau State, has explained to the BBC News pidgin, how he was able to save the lives of 262 people who ran from neighbouring villages in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area, into his village during last Sunday’s attack by Fulani herdsmen.

Narrating how he saved them, the Iman said, the armed men who ran after the villagers came to meet him and requested that he surrendered the Christians amongst those he had in his custody, to them but he declined.

He added that he lied that those inside the mosque were all Muslims and begged the armed men to go. His persistence however, yielded result, as the fulani herdsmen retreated and went elsewhere.

“I took the women to my personal house first to hide them before I hid the men inside the mosque,” he told the BBC.

The survivors who now live in the mosque, as their village has been destroyed, have the muslim cleric, (whose name was withheld by the BCC for security reasons), to thank for saving their lives.

It will be recalled that over 150 people lost their lives during the attack on some villages by fulani herdsmen, which resulted into a reprisal attack, where innocent muslim travelers were also killed.