October 16, 2021

Three killed, farm crops destroyed in fresh Plateau attacks

A farmer holds a cob of maize from his mowed farm

Three people – two girls and a man were Sunday killed in separate ambushes in Central Nigeria’s Plateau State.

The girls – Miss Sibi Danladi, and Miss Charity Danladi, both 16 years-old were ambushed with one other along Nchenyu village of Kwall District in Bassa area at about sunset, President of Irigwe Development Association, Mr. Robert Ashi said.

The third victim of the gun attack survived with bullet wounds. Herdsmen are believed to have carried out the attack.

Last month, several related attacks took place in the District. The attackers identified as herders lost nearly ten men during one of the operation. Leaders of the Herdsmen in the State claimed the deceased were herding when attacked, but could not prove their claims. Reports emerged shortly later about plans to avenge their deaths, with more attacks occuring in the area.

No arrest was however made to prove the latest attack was done by herdsmen. But a related ambush in neighboring Riyom LGA on same night gave more hints.

Two people were ambushed by men identified as herdsmen in Wereng village of Riyom Local Government Area in Central Nigeria’s Plateau State.

A local non-governmental organization, Emancipation Centre for Crisis Victims in Nigeria (ECCVN) says the natives of Byei village in Riyom LGA were ambushed at about 7:00pm near a military base along Wereng-Byei village road.

One of them, Mr. Stephen Joshua was hacked to death while the other, Mr. Yohanna Dauda narrowly escaped. Yohanna was able to identify the assailants.

Cabbage farm mowed overnight

Few meters from the scene of the ambush, over three hectares of grown crop farms were mowed down by same suspects.

The farms containing corn, pepper, tomatoes and cabbage, among others were worth N5 million. Owners of the farms say they were depending on them for food and children’s school fees in the coming wet season.

No arrest was however made. Securities say they were still investigating when contacted.