About 29 persons have been killed after gunmen launched a deadly attack in Plateau state. Channels TV reports that the attack took place on Monday, October 16, in Nkyie Dongwro village which is located in Miango district of Bassa local government area of the state.
This attack is coming just 24 hours after six people were killed in a late-night attack on Ta’agbe village. This is even after the state government declared a curfew in the local government.
The state government has vowed to deal with the perpetrators of violent attacks and that any persons giving them refuge will also not be spared from the wrath of the law. It said: “Government is, therefore, pleading with all residents of these areas of conflicts in Bassa and the surrounding border villages to volunteer useful information that will lead to the apprehension of all the criminals behind this sudden resurgence of terror.”
The state governor, Simon Lalong, directed the State Emergency Management Agency and the Ministry of Health to urgently coordinate medical services for the injured.
He called on the citizens to be calm while also directing security operatives to fish out the perpetrators. Vanguard reports that Sunday Abdu who is the president of Irigwe Development Association blamed soldiers for the attack saying they were the ones that asked the people to hide in a classroom only to abandon them.
He said: “What happened was an annihilation of our people, innocent people killed that way in their cold blood; they just wiped them out. The soldiers ushered the people into a class block after an attack in the village. They later ran away and left them to be massacred by the assailants.
“The mass burial is about taking place now; if they did not run away, those people wouldn’t have been killed. How can you have security, Military of the Federal Republic of Nigeria would run away and leave the citizens, how and why? That is to tell you that we don’t have security, it is a simple as that.
“27 people have been confirmed killed but someone told us that two more bodies have been discovered but I have not confirmed that yet.”
This is not the first time such attack is happening in the region as NAIJ.com had reported that No less than 15 people were reportedly killed during a revenge attack by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Ancha village. NAIJ.com gathers that the unfortunate episode was narrated by a witness, Benjamin Aruku, in a telephone interview.
He stated: “We are suspecting Fulanis to have carried out the attack on our village (Ancha) because about a month ago, Fulanis living within this location accused our village (Ancha) of killing and beheading a Fulani boy. “They invited police, some persons were arrested in connection with the killing of the said Fulani boy.
“We thought the issue was over but we were taken by surprise last night with this attack.” NAIJ.com had reported that the police in Plateau state on Wednesday, October 11, confirmed the death of Moses Gwom, a former secretary to the Plateau state government. The police said the former SSG was killed by gunmen who attacked his residence.
During the attack, which the police said occurred at about 9pm on Tuesday, October 10, the gunmen also injured 12 others.