28 feared killed in resumed Plateau crisis

By Onoja Audu, Correspondent, Jos

For the umpteenth time no fewer than   28 villagers have again been killed in a fresh clash between Fulani herdsmen and natives of two communities in Da Jak and Attakar of Ganawuri District of Riyom Local Government area of Plateau State.

The scenes of the attacks are about 50 kilometres from Jos, the state capital.

Suspected armed men were said to have stormed the war weary villages in the early hours of Tuesday with sophisticated guns and machetes, rampaging all over the communities, killing and maiming.

It was gathered that beside those killed, a number of others were wounded and rushed to the hospital.

Those in the hospital have little or no chances of survival as a result of heavy injuries they sustained from gunshots and machete cuts, sources said.

It was also reported that the attackers sacked the two communities with several houses burnt.

Soldiers of the Special Task Force (STF) in Plateau State seem to have no answer to the increasing violence in the local government area.

Confirming the incident to Daily Independent in Jos on Tuesday, Majority Leader in the Plateau State House of Assembly, Daniel Dem, said dozens of villagers from his constituency were killed.

The lawmaker described the killings as sad,  saying the affected villages have been under siege by suspected Fulani militia since last week.

Dem accused the special military task force deployed to restore law and order in the local government area as being part of the problem.

“My people are being killed everyday and yet the special task force is not doing anything about it; I am calling for the withdrawal of the STF since they are not capable of handling the crisis that has been rocking the state for a long time now,’’ he demanded.

A Police Corporal was reported to have been among those shot dead by the rampaging gunmen.

It was gathered that the dead policeman was on a patrol together with his other colleagues in the crises area of Ganawuri District when he was killed.

The name of the policeman was given as Corporal Jibril.

He was until his death residing at the Railway quarters in Jos and his widow is said to be pregnant.

Plateau State Commissioner of Police, Chris Olakpe, who confirmed the incident, said the officer was shot while on a peace mission to the area.

He said no arrest has been made, adding that his men were carrying out investigation on the matter.