As peace and normalcy has gradually been restored in the crisis ridden Numan area of Adamawa state, there is however a brewing tension now in the town and its environs.
The growing tention followed the recent alleged killing of a traditional Hausa barber (Wanzami) by suspected Bachama vigilante group.
The barber was alleged to have been arrested by the vigilante at “Green Village”, a Bachama dominated area of the town on Saturday and his whereabouts is yet to be known.
“We have not seen him up to now and we suspected that has been murdered by the vigilante following the discovery of his abandoned bag,” said a friend to the barber who simply identified himself as Garba Ibrahim.
Mr Ibrahim said some of the suspects arrested in connection with the incident are in Numan Divisional Police station where some Bachama youths had been mobilized, threatening to make sure that the suspects were not taken to Yola CID headquarters for investigation.
According to him, since the recent killings of over 50 Fulani women and children in the area by suspected Bachama militia, there have been cases of silent killings of members of Hausa-fulani community in the area suspected to be handiwork of the Bachama vigilante.
When contacted on the matter, the spokesman of Adamawa Police Command, Othman Abubakar confirmed the missing of the barber and said some suspects had been identified and that investigation was ongoing.
“I am yet to get full details of the arrest in Numan but I can assure that anyone involved will be brought to book,” Abubakar said.
It would be recalled that in their recent press briefing over Numan killings, religious and civil society organisations have called for the disarmament of vigilante groups in the area and more deployment of security personnel to vulnerable places.