Four people were killed by suspected herdsmen in renewed attacks on two communities in Miango District of Rigwe Chiefdom, Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State.
The Publicity Secretary of the Irigwe Development Association (IDA), Davidson Malison, confirmed the incident stating that two persons were killed on Sunday night, February 11, 2024, while one other was killed on Saturday.
According to Malison, the assailants launched an attack on the Nkienzha community where three persons were killed and one severely injured with machete cuts and receiving treatment at a medical facility.
The fourth death was recorded in another attack on Teegbe village on Saturday night while a car ambush occurred on Friday where the vehicle was burnt and one person sustained injuries.
IDA accused herders of being responsible for the attack, an accusation that was denied by the chairman of Gan Allah Fulani Development Association of Nigeria (GAFDAN), Garba Abdullahi.
Malison identified the deceased as Gadan Zhwe (50), Lydia Yakubu (48), Nuhu Yakubu (23), and Musa Wolo (32).
“The leadership of the Rigwe Nation through the Traditional Council and the Development Association, IDA, have described the resurgence of attacks and killing as callous and barbaric and cautioned the perpetrators to immediately halt the mayhem being unleashed in the land. IDA is calling on the security agencies to apprehend and make them face the wrath of the law,” the group said.
“We equally call on the constituted authorities to do the needful in order to restore normalcy in the land so that we can continue our activities without hitches and glitches.”
Spokesperson of Operation Safe Haven, Captain Oya James, who confirmed the incident, said the timely response of the troops made the attackers flee the community.