Central Nigeria: Gunmen believed to be herdsmen on Tuesday killed two farmers in Christian dominated Vatt community of Foron District, in Barkin Ladi LGA of Plateau State.
Mr. Pam Bulus, 23 and Chun Toma, 20, both from neighbouring Uddeh village were attacked by a group of eight armed men while working in a farm, sources say.
According to a local source, “At about 10:30 am of today, 23rd June, 2020, not less than eight armed Fulani opened heavy gunfire on our local farmers, and we lost two youths.
“Other farmers narrowly escaped into nearby bushes if not, the score of deaths would have been more,” said the source.
Officials have yet to confirm the attack but local vigilante reportedly chased the attackers and lost them in neighboring Gora village in Jos East LGA of Plateau State.
The attack coming on the day 250 Christian villagers were killed by suspected herdsmen in Gashish District of Barkin Ladi LGA (June 23, 2020) was preceded by a similar murder of a Christian vigilante member, Mr. Mankat Kevin in Danbukur village, 40km Southwest of Jos the capital of Plateau State, killing.
Kevin was shot at his duty post on Sunday at about 9:49pm Nigerian time, locals say.
Government securities were said to have arrived after the gunmen had fled.
Armed attacks have persisted in the Central Nigerian State for nearly two decades, mostly in rural communities with little government attention.
The first major attack in March 2010 in Dogon Nahawa village of Jos South Local Government Area left about 500 women and children dead.
The attacks continued despite military presence, till a serving Senator and State Lawmaker were killed in June 2012 at the mass burial of victims of an overnight attack.
With more killings recorded in different villages since then, a Paramount Chief in Bokkos LGA was killed in June 2016.
Officials claim the attacks are clashes between farmers and herders, but the victims have largely been women and children, mostly attacked in their homes at night.
Observers believe the attacks are political and economic, given their potential to displace occupants of a particular village, for the attackers to takeover and start a new economic and political life.