More tears as herdsmen kill 18 persons in Plateau midnight attack
Suspected herdsmen have killed 18 persons and injured four others during an attack on Ariri community in Bassa Local Government Area on Wednesday.
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Among the victims of the attack which took place at 11:30pm were women and children.
The latest attack came amidst condemnation of the alleged militarisation and menace of fake soldiers in Jos metropolis.
On Tuesday night, 13 persons were feared killed by suspected herdsmen during a midnight attack on Riyom LGA.
An eyewitness, Yohana Yakubu, from Ariri village, Miango District in an interview with THE PUNCH on Thursday in Jos, said the assailants displaced many families, after shooting indiscriminately.
He said, “In all, 18 people were killed; the killers wore black clothes, they were shouting Allah Akbar. They were speaking Hausa and Fulani languages and after the attack, they fled. People were massacred and we are now helpless.”
The spokesperson for Miango Youths Development Association, Lawrence Zongo, also shed light on the attacks in a WhatsApp message to THE PUNCH in Jos.
He said, “Again, Fulani gunmen have killed 18 people in Ariri village of Miango District in Bassa LGA of Plateau State. Four persons sustained serious injuries including the youth leader of Ariri who is now receiving treatment in Enos Hospital Miango.
“The Fulani people have declared war on the Plateau. They are achieving their plans through genocide attacks and killing of citizens. We are always in security meetings which have not achieved results. No investigation to arrest the criminals. Now Ariri village has been displaced. This is too bad, this is an evil genocide going on in a democratic dispensation.
“We are pleading, calling on Amnesty International, the global community and Red Cross to please come to our aid. We need your help and assistance.”
When contacted, the spokesperson for the Plateau State Police Command, Matthias Tyopev, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, said he would get the details, speak with the Commissioner of Police, “and get back.”
But as of the time of this report, he had yet to get back to our correspondent.