JOS NIGERIA (20 April 2022): Three people have been reported killed after armed men believed to be Fulani militias ambushed travelers in bright moonlight close to Nigeria’s 3rd Army Division headquarters in Plateau State.
Two people were killed in an ambush on the convoy of a member of the Nigerian House of Reps – Mr. Musa Agah near a military shooting range in the Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State on 19 April according to locals.
Another ambush minutes later in a nearby town killed a man riding motorcycle, said a tribal leader, Davidson Malison.
A convoy of two vehicles and a motorcycle ferrying 12 people including Agah who was recently elected to the House of Representatives, his wife and two children was first ambushed at about 9pm local time, killing two according to Malison.
The team was traveling to Meyango – Agah’s hometown after a “thank you tour” of local towns by the lawmaker said his close associate – Moses Gata.
Minutes after crossing a military checkpoint, the convoy was greeted with “heavy gunfire” which shattered the cars’ glasses said Gata.
“The cars were pelted with bullets all over but somehow the lawmaker escaped, except for the two people killed on bike who were leading the convoy,” he said.
The attack occured less than 500meters to a heavily guarded army shooting range but the military did not respond Gata said.
“The military checkpoint was just one and half mile away and the shooting range which was just 500 meters from the scene of the attack but how it still happened we don’t know,” he said.
The attack targeted Agah who represents Bassa and Jos North Local Government Areas at the Nigerian House of Reps according to Malison.
“It’s no doubt that the attack was a calculated one and a continued plan to include in their grand scheme, a complete annihilation of illustrious and eminent sons of the land just like it was done on the District Head of Miango, Mr. Daniel Chega and his people along [the road to] 3rd Armoured Division on the 5th of July, 2021 where they narrowly escaped but were wounded,” wrote Malison in a press statement on 20 April.
Mr. Agah, formerly a member of the Plateau State Legislature became federal lawmaker in February, replacing his deceased predecessor after a razor-thin election victory.
The by-election on 26 Feb in the Bassa and Jos North Local Government Areas which have seen a series of armed attacks by terrorists who identify as Fulani Muslims saw the largely displaced Christian residents voting for a Christian candidate and Muslims voting for Muslim candidate.
The declared results showed the candidate of the Christians, Agah, only managed to pull 40,343 votes, narrowly beating his Muslim challenger by a meager 2,586.
Spokesman of the military in Plateau State – Major Ishaku Takwa deflected queries to the Police spokesman – Gabriel Uba who had yet to reply an inquiry sent to him by text as of the time of publishing this report. Mr. Agah was also unreachable by phone.