Five Killed, Several Houses Burnt In Fresh Plateau Attack

 

Five persons have been killed, several others injured and houses burnt down in another attack by gunmen in Plateau State.

The gunmen attacked Nkiendoro village of Bassa Local Government Area of the state on Thursday night, barely 24 hours after 19 persons were killed in Ariri Village of the same local government.

Among the five who were killed was a member of the Nigerian Army’s special task force, Operation Safe Haven.

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The spokesman of the Operation Safe Haven, Major Umar Adamu, told Channels Television that the officer died while exchanging fire with the attackers.

Adamu further stated that security personnel are currently liaising with the community to fish out perpetrators of the attack.

He also appealed to the residents of the community to always be on the alert and report suspicious movements in the area.

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Plateau Attack: Govt Imposes Dusk To Dawn Curfew

 

The Plateau State Government has imposed a dusk to dawn curfew in Jos North and Jos South local governments.

The curfew comes less than 24 hours after 14 persons were killed in their homes in Rukuba area of the state.

According to residents, the 14 people comprised of one child, five men and eight women.

They said efforts were made to reach security officials when the attack was going on, but the officials failed to respond until Friday morning.

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In the early hours of Friday, youths of the community took to the streets, protesting the late response of the military.

They mounted barricades preventing motorists and passers-by from accessing the road, but troops of the Operation Safe Haven moved into the area and cleared the barricade.

The tension, however, spread to Gada Biu, Katako, Farin Gada and the Jos main market.

14 Feared Killed In Fresh Plateau Attack

 

Fourteen people have been reported killed in a fresh attack in Plateau State.

The incident occurred on Thursday night when Gunmen attacked Rukuba – a resident of the community told Channels Television.

According to the witness, the 14 people comprised of one child, five men and eight women.

Residents claimed that efforts were made to reach security officials when the attack was going on but the officials failed to respond until Friday morning.

In the early hours of Friday, youths of the community took to the streets, protesting against the late response of the military.

They mounted barricades preventing motorists and passers-by from accessing the road, but troops of the Operation Safe Haven moved into the area and cleared the barricade.

The tension has, however, spread to Gada Biu, Katako, Farin Gada and the Jos main market as traders and shop owners have closed to avoid any vandalism by hoodlums.

11 Killed, 12 Injured In Fresh Plateau Attack

Plateau Govt Imposes Curfew On Three LGAs After Suspected Herdsmen Attack
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Eleven people were killed and twelve others injured in an attack on Lo Pamyet Dewi community in Du District of Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State.

The deadly attack was carried out by some gunmen on Sunday night.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Plateau State, Tyopev Mathias, told Channels Television on Monday that the report of the attack was received after a distress call from some residents of the community.

According to the police spokesperson, police officers were then mobilised to the scene of the crime and more security personnel have been deployed to the area to prevent further attacks on the community.

He added that an investigation has been launched into the crime.


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The injured persons have been taken to Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) and Plateau Specialist Hospital for medical attention.

This attack comes less than a week after eight persons were killed and scores of houses burnt in Abonong and Zayit villages of Foron District in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of the state.

The police spokesperson, Mathias, disclosed that 95 houses were burnt and 310 cattle rustled by the assailants.

Retaliatory Or Not, Killing Is Condemnable – Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo during a stakeholders meeting in Plateau State on Monday, June 25.

 

 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has condemned the spate of killings in some parts the country noting that the Plateau attack whether retaliatory or not is a condemnable act.

The attack by suspected herdsmen on some villages in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau state over the weekend has left scores dead with properties and houses destroyed.

Osinbajo during a visit to the state, on Monday, said the attack by suspected herdsmen on innocent villagers is a condemnable act which everyone must ensure it ends.

“It is the responsibility of everyone of us, especially leadership. The leadership of the communities to ensure that we are able to bring about a situation of lasting peace. We must ensure that we don’t allow a situation where anybody gets away with this sort of killings.

“In the particular case of this local government, we were told that herdsmen attacked the village. This is a condemnable act. There is no reason whatsoever for killing any Nigerian. Even according to the law, if a killing has taken place you are not allowed to kill in return. If you do it, it is as criminal as the very first act itself. This is an act that is condemned,” Osinbajo said.

The Vice President also noted that it is the responsibility of residents and their leaders to protect their community from falling victim of religious violence. he urged the residents and their leader to, “seize the moment, to ensure that this is not allowed to continue.”

“We may have greater problems. We must not allow this to continue.

“We must not allow in this country, a religious crisis that becomes uncontrollable. If this sort of thing continues to happen, we will have the kind of crisis that we should not have,” Osinbajo said.

Residents of Gashish District leaving fleeing their homes after the attack on their community by suspected herdsmen over the weekend.

 

The Vice President’s comment is coming after their had been earlier claims that the Plateau attack might be a reprisal by herdsmen.

Also, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) had called on the Federal Government to review Nigeria’s security architecture in a bid to stem the killings in the country.

Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, the special assistant on media and communication to the group’s president, Reverend Samson Ayokunle also condemned the weekend attack in Plateau State.

The group lamented that despite assurances and promises by President Muhammadu Buhari that his government was committed to the safety of lives and property of Nigerians, “coordinated and premeditated” attacks have continued in Plateau and other states.

Plateau Attack Death Toll Has Risen To 100 – Police

 

The death toll in the deadly attack on villages in Plateau State has risen to 100, the police said on Tuesday.

Commissioner of Police, Plateau State Command, Mr Undie Adie, gave the official figure during a telephone interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.

“We moved in and discovered that in one, eight persons died. In the other, one person. There was also an attempt by some youths in Jos South who came out and blocked the road,” he said.

“When we mobilised and cleared them, we discovered that five other persons had also died. And that makes it 100.”

Adie’s comments come three days after suspected herdsmen attacked Xlands, Gindin Akwati, Ruku, Nhgar, Kura Falls and Kakuruk in Gashish district, Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State.

During the attack, 86 people were reportedly killed, six people were injured while at least 50 houses, two vehicles and 15 motorcycles were burnt.

When asked if the police envisaged that the attack would take place, the police boss simply said “no.”

He, however, revealed that the command had no premonition that such assault would take place.

“Immediately we got wind of this, we got in and started moving in from the community to community. And at the end of it, we confirmed 86 people dead,” he said on Tuesday.

“And at the end of it, we confirmed 86 people dead and that was the number that we reported first. Later in the neighbouring local government of Riyom, it was discovered that two other remote villages had been attacked.

Reacting to calls in some quarters for Nigerians to defend themselves in wake of several attacks, the CP believe such a move does not augur well in a civilized society.

He stated further: “In a civilised society, that is not actually good. That is not a civilized way of going about things.”

 

Gunmen Storm Plateau Village, Attack Traditional Ruler

Gunmen Kill Ex-Plateau Head Of Service, Two Others
Plateau State on the map of Nigeria

 

A traditional ruler in Gashishi district of Barkin Ladi local government area in Plateau state escaped death by whiskers following an attack on his residence by yet to be identified gunmen.

The house of the District head was also set ablaze in the Sunday night attack after the gunmen shot sporadically into the air.

Security operatives on Tuesday told Channels Television that the district head was found unconscious and trapped in the building after they forced their way into the building.

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He was eventually taken to the hospital where he was revived and is currently receiving treatment.

In another attack within the same district, two young men were shot by gunmen suspected to be herdsmen at a barbing saloon; sustaining serious injuries. They are also currently receiving treatment at the Barkin Ladi general hospital.

The transition implementation committee Chairman of Barkin Ladi local government area, Dickson Chollom, visited the scene and later paid a visit to the recuperating chief at the hospital.

The police spokesperson in the state, Tyopev Mathias, said however that investigations into the matter are ongoing and that they are on the trail of the attackers.

Gunmen Kill Five, Injure Three In Fresh Plateau Attack

Gunmen Kill Ex-Plateau Head Of Service, Two Others
Plateau State on the map of Nigeria

Gunmen in a fresh attack on Plateau State have killed five persons and injured three others.

The attack occurred on Sunday night at Inding village in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of the state.

The spokesman of the Nigerian Police in the state confirmed this to Channels Television, adding that details on the incident are, however, still sketchy.

Plateau State, which had previously enjoyed relative peace, has recently been hit by a series of attacks mainly perpetrated by suspected herdsmen, resulting in the death of several persons.

Despite President Muhammadu Buhari’s presence in the state, five persons including three siblings of a family were killed on Thursday, March 8, in an attack by suspected herdsmen in Nzharuvo Village of Miango, Bassa Local Government Area.

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Buhari was then in the state on a two-day official visit. He also launched the state’s strategic ‘road map to peace.’

In the series of attacks in the state, 25 persons including 19 men, three women and three children were killed in Dundu village, Kwall District in Bassa Local Government Area of the state on Monday, March 12.

Less than 24hours after the attack on Kwall District some gunmen suspected to be herdsmen hit Rafiki and Dong communities of Bassa Local Government Area of the state with one person feared dead and many others injured.

Three persons were also killed in another attack in Tah community of Dong in Jos North Local Government Area of the state on Friday, March 23.

Suspected Herdsmen Kill 25 Persons In Fresh Plateau Attack

Gunmen Kill Ex-Plateau Head Of Service, Two Others
Plateau State on the map of Nigeria

 

Suspected herdsmen have killed 25 persons in another attack in Plateau State.

Those killed in the attack are 19 men, three women and three children.

The incident occurred on Monday night in Dundu village, Kwall District in Bassa Local Government Area of the state.

This attack comes barely three days ago when gunmen killed four persons in Jos the Plateau state capital.

The victims, who were reportedly killed on Friday night in La’ake village of Kwall district, were said to be children below the age of 10.

Barely 24 hours after five persons were killed including a set of twins in Bassa local government area of the state, despite President Buhari’s visit.

According to the village head, Daniel Kadzia, the attackers invaded the village in a commando style and perfected their dastardly acts within few minutes having noticed that the youths and the men had gone for mining at that time of the day.

Narrating the sad event to Channels Television, Laraba Yohanna, the mother of two of the children that were killed said the children were playing under the moonlight just before the attack.

Inspite of these attacks, President Muhammadu Buhari, has vowed to end the violence that has claimed hundreds of lives in several states in the country.

During his visit to the state, (Plateau) the President assured of the Federal Government’s commitment to support and assist the Peace Building Agency in its effort to arrest the vicious cycle of violence.

The President, however, believes that the government alone cannot guarantee peace and that traditional rulers are critical to the sustenance of peace and order in the country.

He, therefore, urged Nigerians to spread the message of peace to their subjects.

Death Toll From Plateau Attack Increases

The deaths recorded in the attack on Nkiye Dongwro Village in Miango District Of Bassa Local Government Area Of Plateau State have increased from twenty to twenty-nine.

The attack was carried out by some gunmen who attacked a primary school where the natives were seeking refuge in an internally displaced centre.

The attack coming barely twenty-four hours after six people were killed in Ta’agbe village in the same district.

The attack was successfully carried out despite the dusk to dawn curfew imposed in the area while the security agencies are also occupying the same block alongside the natives that were attacked and murdered in the same block of classroom.

An eyewitness who is head teacher of the primary school where the incident occurred express dismay over the circumstances that culminated into the death of the people that were seeking refuge only to meet their death while looking for protection.

However, Plateau state governor, Simon Lalong has summoned a security meeting including all chief of security agents as well as government officials to discuss the incessant attacks and probable solution to the security challenge.

We Won’t Allow Plateau Communities Return To Days Of Anarchy – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over the attack on a community in, Plateau, saying it is unacceptable for anyone or group to take laws into their hands regardless of the situation.

He noted that communities in Plateau have over time, worked towards peace-building and the recent attack is only a drawback which the government as well as security agencies will fight against.

The President who made this known on Saturday, stated that law enforcement agencies are already working to apprehend the perpetrators of the attack that led to the death of 20 persons.

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“I am saddened by the senseless killings that have taken place in Ancha village in Bassa Local Government, Plateau State.

“It is unlawful and unacceptable for anyone or group to take the law into their hands in the name of revenge or reprisals.

“Plateau’s communities have achieved a lot in terms of mediation and peacebuilding. We will not allow a return to the dark days of anarchy.

“We have a mandate and the determination to protect the lives and property of all citizens of Nigeria, wherever they reside.

“Our law enforcement agencies are already working to apprehend the perpetrators of the Plateau killings and whoever their sponsors may be.

“May the Almighty God grant peace to the souls of the victims and comfort to the grieving families and community,” he stated.

According to eyewitnesses, the attack which occurred on Friday may have been a reprisal, allegedly carried out by suspected herdsmen, following an earlier dispute between themselves and the villagers.

Apart from the 20 who were killed, many others were said to have sustained gunshot wounds, as well as deep cuts from machetes and among the victims were six children