Gunmen ambush a Plateau village, killing seven people and destroying 250 homes


According to locals, gunmen attacked a Plateau village, killing at least seven individuals.

According to a statement released by the Iregwe Development Association (IDA) on Sunday in Jos, gunmen murdered seven people and destroyed 250 homes in several towns in Miango chiefdom of Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau.

The assailants reportedly injured many people and burned over 40 farmlands in the region, according to a statement signed by Davidson Malison, the organization’s National Publicity Secretary.

He said the event happened on Saturday night and that the injured were being treated at an unknown hospital at the time.

“Over 250 houses were razed in Zanwra, Nche-Tahu, Rikwe-Rishe A and B, Ri-Dogo, and Nchu-Nzhwa, all in Miango chiefdom’s Jebbu-Miango villages, during the unabated onslaught that lasted over four hours.

“Seven individuals were murdered, while a number of others were injured and are being treated at unnamed hospitals.

According to the statement, “about 40 farmlands with a variety of crops were entirely destroyed, and many home belongings and domestic animals were taken away.”

Mr Malison, who called the situation “unfortunate,” asked the government and security services to step up efforts to protect people’s lives and property.

The Plateau police command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Ubah Ogaba, confirmed the event to media and said the command has already sent officers to the area to guarantee peace and order.

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“The police are on top of things; extra officers have been dispatched to the area. “An investigation is also underway to apprehend the perpetrators,” he said.

Armed men have attacked farming villages on multiple occasions in the Plateau.

Some of the attacks are said to be carried out by armed herders in retaliation for farmers killing their animals or other herders after the cattle had infiltrated the fields.

Plateau is one of the states that has been most hit by the farmers-herders confrontations that have claimed hundreds of lives across Nigeria.

The assailants are almost never captured by security services.

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