… Irigwe community lists names of persons allegedly killed by the herdsmen
Another fresh attack by suspected herdsmen took place in Irigwe Community in Jos Bassa Local Government, at about 6:30a:m, Wednesday
The heavily armed herdsmen were said to have gone on rampage and burnt down houses belonging to Irigwe settlement in Dusa Kura, a few meters away from 3rd Division, Rukuba Barracks. The number of casualties are yet to be known, though seven are said to have sustained injuries.
Mr Lawrence Zongo who spoke to our correspondent on Phone confirmed the killings which took place few a kilometers away from the Rukuba barracks, besides the Tuesday killing of 25 persons, including women and children.
He gave the names of those killed, Wednesday as follows:
Danladi Rigye Age 35, Audu Ivy 23, Sunday Friday 17, Weyi Ishaya 25, Bala Musa 26, Yakubu Davo 25
Jerry John 40, Timothy John 19, Abbah Audu 19, Sunday John 21, Daniel Audu 24 and Yakubu John 22
Its was gathered that the herdsmen settlement close to Rukuba barrack , while Rafi -Gona and Dusa Kura was the area the attackers used as decoy; a mountain top blocking Dong road linking Rafiki, a shelter they used to cause mayhem on innocent road users .
At the time of this report there heavy exchange of gunshots was going between the suspected Fulani militia and soldiers .
The state Command of the Nigeria Police force has also confirmed they are aware of the incident and said security have been deploy to quell and displace the attackers .
PPRO, ASP Tyopev Mathias said the command is aware of the incident and urgent steps had been taken to bring the situation under control
Meanwhile, the Chairman of Miyyeti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, ( MACBAN) Plateau state chapter, Alhaji Muhammad Nuru Abdullah, debunked claims by the people of Irigwe that they were attacked and their homesteads invaded by Fulani herdsmen. Rather, he said, it was the Irigwe who invaded the settlement around Rafiki area with weapons, killing some of their cows .
As the Irigwe people and the MACBAN engage in exchange of words, the casualty keep mounting to frightening level.
The current attack lasted several hours until the soldiers came in to bring the situation under control but the authorities are yet to get details of casualties and animals killed by either the Irigwe militia as alleged by Abdullah or the Fulani herdsmen as claimed by the Irigwe people.
Meanwhile, the Plateau State Government has given a marching order to the security agents in the state to immediately arrest and prosecute the criminals that perpetrated the killings of a couple of persons in Bassa and Bokkos Local Government Areas of the state.
In press statement made available to our medium by the Commissioner of Information and Communication, Plateau State,Hon Yakubu Dati on Tuesday in Jos, the governor said the state will not condone the activities of hoodlums who take advantage of conflicts among citizens to perpetrate killings and destruction of property in the name of ethnic crisis.
Governor Lalong believes that our differences are better resolved by sitting together to address our differences rather than taking arms against one another.
He warned “that the state will not fold its arms and watch the enemies of Plateau take us back to the dark old days when citizens distrust one another, adding that we must emphasise on the great values that unite us as a people.”
While condoling with the families that lost their loved ones in the attacks, the Governor assured that urgent steps are being taken in collaboration with the security agents to get to the roots of the problem, and to avoid the repeat of the ugly incident.
He also urged citizen not to take the laws in their hands, but to be vigilant and report the activities of the criminals to the security agents for proactive actions.