The police state command in Plateau State have confirmed 86 people dead in fresh attack by heavily armed men, suspected to be herdsmen men on Saturday in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area.
Spokesperson of the Police Command, Terna Tyopev confirmed the killing of 86 people in attacks on Razat, Ruku, Nyarr, Kura and Gana-Ropp villages of IPGashish District in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of the state, on sunday
The police also confirmed that six persons were injured, with 50 houses razed.
“Eighty six (86) persons all together were killed, six people injured, fifty (50) houses burnt, fifteen (15) motorcycles burnt down; two (2) motor vehicles burnt down”
It was earlier reported that 120 persons were killed by suspected herdsmen by eyewitness. And the police earlier reported that 11 persons died in the sad incident which started at about 1:00 p.m., and lasted still about 8:00 p.m. on Saturday.
An eyewitness Pam Chollom, a pastor of the Church of Christ In Nations (COCIN), blamed the attack on armed herdsmen.He said most of the victims were coming from the burial of a community leader.
Another eyewitness, Masara Kim, who narrowly escaped being killed in an ambush while returning from a funeral service near Kura Falls, explained;
“The attack occurred a few metres away from a military checkpoint in Kafi Abu village. The attackers opened fire on the convoy of sympathizers and bullets hit a vehicle which I was travelling in, injuring one person.
“At least four other travellers were critically wounded in different other vehicles. In one vehicle, the driver and another woman were shot in their legs. Another driver carrying over five passengers was shot in the arm, resulting in the car crashing. All on board fled into the bushes amid heavy gunfire. The attackers by their looks, were herdsmen.”
The Plateau Government had since announced a dusk to dawn curfew in Riyom, Barkin Ladi and Jos South local government areas to check possible breakdown of law and order in the state.
The governor urged residents to strictly observe curfew hours declared by the government to avoid molestation by security operatives, and to forestall the violence from escalating.