At least four people has been murdered by Herdsmen in Plateau and Benue states. The gunmen, who residents said were Fulani, killed one in Plateau State and three others in Benue State.
The herdsmen armed with sophisticated weapons killed the Acting Gwom Rwei of Foron District of Barkin Ladi Local Government of Plateau State, Da Bulus Chuwang Jang, in the midnight of Monday.
New Telegraph reports that Barkin Ladi Local Government communities have suffered a series of attacks and killings by suspected Fulani herdsmen in the past few years despite efforts by the state government to restore lasting peace in the area. Investigation showed that the herdsmen invaded the community about midnight and killed Jang.
Chairman of Barkin Ladi Local Government Area, Hon. Jock Alamba, confirmed the killing of the traditional ruler to journalists in Jos. Alamba said the killing of the royal father, which came when efforts to restore peace were on, was a deliberate ploy to plunch back the area into crisis.
The chairman said Jang was a critical stakeholder in peace building in Foron District, Barkin Ladi and Plateau State at large. The lawmaker representing Barkin Ladi Constituency in the state House of Assembly who is also the Minority Leader, Hon. Peter Gyendeng, described the traditional ruler’s killing as barbaric, callous and unfortunate.
He said: “Our leadership and security agency must rise to the occasion, come out and ensure that perpetrators are arrested and justice is gotten.”
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They were ambushed by angry youths at Goragam community in Zongon Kataf who asked them to vacate the community with their cows while grazing.
According to reports, the incident happened around 2 pm on Tuesday when herdsmen went to the community with their livestock.
Musa told Journalists that the herdsmen were ambushed on their way home by the natives who had asked them not to graze in the community.
Speaking further, he added that the herdsmen had to be hospitalised at a private clinic in Kachia town after the attack.
He said: “One of them named Suleiman sustained a gunshot wound while the remaining two also sustained various degrees of injuries after they were ambushed. They are presently hospitalised at a clinic in Kachia.
“They were ambushed by angry youths at Goragam community in Zongon Kataf who asked them to vacate the community with their cows while grazing.”
“The victims are from Kurmin Gwaza village in Kachia but went to Goragam Area for grazing. They are presently receiving treatment in Kachia town,” Vanguard quoted him to have said.
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The Nation quoted an eye witness as saying that during the gun duel some of the villagers fled to take refuge in neighbouring communities.
The eyewitness further said the vigilantes from the community overwhelmed the herdsmen who later ran away.
Another eyewitness told The Nation the herdsmen were the same chased away recently from their neighbouring community, Emii.
He claimed they planned resettling in Orji before they were confronted by vigilantes in the area.
Chilos Godsent, national president of Igbo National Council, INC, who confirmed the incident, said the herdsmen were subdued due to awareness created by INC which introduced the “Operation Lion Dance in the community.
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