Fifteen killed, several injured as suspected herdsmen attack communities in Plateau State

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Barely 24 hours after the official launch of a five-year road map for peace strategy in Plateau State by President Muhammadu Buhari, suspected herdsmen have reportedly killed fifteen persons in the state.

The attacks occurred in Nzharuvo community of Bassa Local Government Area Thursday night.

Fifteen persons lost their lives in Daffo and Bokkos, while several others were injured and houses set ablaze.

According to a youth leader in the community (Nzharuvo), Mr. Danjuma Auta, the victims were mostly children and a woman.

“With the persistent attacks on our communities, most men no longer sleep at home. We do keep vigil at border areas to our communities, we wonder where the attackers of our community came from.

“It is an unfortunate incident, these killers are heartless. They do not have mercy for even innocent children. They macheted the children to death, as we speak, we are preparing for their burial,” he said.

Confirming the incident, the councillor representing Daffo, Hon. Danjuma Mabas said, “As I speak, the entire Daffo District is on fire, as herdsmen are rampaging the area, killing and setting houses ablaze.

“Presently, ten persons are confirmed death, several others injured and also many are missing.

“As I speak, there is no presence of any security in the area.”

He added that several people have been displaced from about eight villages.

“A number of aged people in the affected villages are also missing,” Mabas said.

According to him, several other people were currently being treated of varying degrees of gunshot injuries.

“The whole place has been left to the mercy of the attackers,” he said.

Attacks in the Daffo villages have persisted since January 24, 2018 when about seven people were killed around Josho community.

The latest attacks began on Wednesday when five women were shot in Nghakudung village in the Josho area.

Confirming the incident in Bassa LGA, the PPRO of Plateau Police Command, ASP Mathias Terna Tyopev, said, “Some unknown gunmen attacked and killed four Irigwe at Datanko village and one Fulani Christian at Nzharuvo village in Miango district.

“The deceased persons were identified as Emmanuel Joseph, 16years, Christopher Joseph 16years, Peace Joseph 6years, Henry Audu 25years and Samuel Isah 48years.

“Meanwhile, Samuel Isah has been buried while the four others corpses have been deposited at Jos University Teaching Hospital mortuary.

“Chenka Amos, a four year old boy is still lying unconscious on admission at Enos Private Hospital Miango.”

He assured that investigation was still in progress, as intensive patrol would be sustained.

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