Suspected herdsmen kill 18 in Plateau

Suspected herdsmen kill 18 in Plateau
October 04 13:42 2018

By Mathew Pam

Some unknown attackers suspected to be Fulani herdsmen have killed 18 persons and injured four others during an attack on Ariri community in Bassa Local Government Area on Wednesday.

The killers, according to reports, wore black uniforms.

Among the victims of the attack which took place at 11:30pm were toddlers, women, children and local farmers.

The caretaker chairman of Riyom LGA confirmed the attack to journalists.

This attack is coming two days after President Muhammadu Buhari condemned the recent violence that rocked Jos, the Plateau State capital, leading to some deaths over the weekend.

Like President Buhari, Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau, in his Independence Day speech, also condemned the recent violence and urged residents to live in peace.

The Tuesday night killing occurred despite the calls for peace.

The Riyom council chairman, Emmanuel Jugu, said: “The attack is true. Fourteen persons including women and children were killed by gunmen. Security personnel in the area have seen the corpses,” he said.

The identity of the attackers could not be determined as at the time of this report.