May 13, 2021

Suspected herdsmen kill 5 in Plateau

A woman weeps at the scene of the attack in Bassa

Central Nigeria: Gunmen identified as Muslim Fulani herdsmen on Thursday killed five Christian villagers, near Jos, the capital of Plateau State.

A group of AK-47 bearing men opened fire in a fast food joint, at about 10pm, killing Miss Asabe Samuel, 43, Mr. Gideon Tunku, 67, Mr. Bala Adi Joro, 34, Mr. Audu Amadu, 40, and Mr. Shedrack Joshua, 25.

A Christian Government official, Mr. Tiga Chayi was shot at while driving by, but was not hit, it was gathered.

“They fired several rounds at me, bursting my tyre but I sped with my head down till I escaped,” Chayi, the Councilor representing Tahu Ward in Bassa Local Government’s Legislative arm.

Shortly after the attack, a truck carrying ten herders took off few meters away from the scene of the attack but was intercepted by vigilante.

“They said they were heading to Jos from Shendam (a Southern Plateau Local Government) but there is no road linking Jos and Shendam anywhere in this Local Government (Bassa),” said Nzharuvo community leader, Mr. Ishaya Musa.

Another group of about nine herders, Musa told Journalists, marched from the village, carrying firearms, towards the outskirts of the Bassa LGA.

“Our people, not noticing the firearms tried inquiring from a distance, who the passersby were, but were shot at,” he said.

The other ten arrested were unarmed, believed to have been hired mercenaries, who may have handed their weapons to the nine bush walkers after the operation.

Police arrived the scene of attack 30mins late, when the attackers had escaped with all exhibits.

The villagers however say they made several distress calls to the Police, stationed less than 2miles away.

Attacks on Christian communities in the locality have persisted since resuming on September 7, 2017, with the murder of 25 in Ncha village, after prolonged calm from the religious uprisings of September 7, 2000 in Jos.

Government has however insisted that there was peace in the State.