Suspected herdsmen kill 14 in fresh attack on Plateau village

Suspected herdsmen kill 14 in fresh attack on Plateau village

- There is a reported fresh attack by suspected herdsmen on a village in Plateau state

- The attack reportedly claimed the lives of 14 people

- The news of the reported ugly incident was confirmed by a former speaker of the Plateau state House of Assembly, Titus Ayuba Alams

Suspected herdsmen on Sunday evening, January 26, reportedly killed 14 people in Kwatas village in Bokkos local government area of Plateau state.

Former speaker of the Plateau state House of Assembly Rt. Hon. Titus Ayuba Alams confirmed the news of the attack on Monday morning, January 27, New Telegraph reports.

“My village, Kwatas was attacked on Sunday evening between 6pm to 7pm by suspected herdsmen and14 persons were killed in the village market square,” he said.

Kwatas is a community neighbouring the Plateau State University, Bokkos.

The attacked is coming barely a few weeks after gunmen, also suspected to be herdsmen, killed 12 people in neighbouring Kulben village in Mangu local government area.

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Legit.ng notes that the security situation in a part of Plateau state is becoming a cause for concern as Senator Istifanus Gyang representing Plateau North raised an alarm on Sunday, January 12.

Gyang said he was worried, especially following the disappearance of a 100 level Zoology student of the University of Maiduguri, Lilian Gyang.

The senator, who spoke through a statement released by his spokesperson, Musa Ashoms, noted that the student who was just 20 years old was abducted on January 9, as she resumed in her tertiary institution.

Similarly, the Boko Haram terrorists killed a student of the University of Maiduguri, Ropvil Daciya Dalep, two weeks after he was abducted.

In a chilling video circulating on the internet, Dalep was killed by a child soldier who shot him straight in the head.

''We won't stop until we revenge all the blood that was killed,'' the young soldier said before shooting Dalep.

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Dalep was abducted on Thursday, January 9 by the terrorist group while on his way to school to resume for the new semester.

Suspected herdsmen kill 14 in fresh attack on Plateau village

Governor Lalong met with President Buhari at the Presidential Villa on Friday, January 10. Photo credit: Bayo Omoboriowo
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In his reaction, the Plateau state governor, Simon Lalong, on Thursday, January 23, described the gruesome killing of Dalyep as a heinous act aimed at provoking sentiments which could lead to perceived hatred for people based on religion and origin.

The governor expressing sadness over the video on the killing of Dalyep said the narrative of the terrorists must never be allowed to fester and cause disharmony among Nigerians.

Meanwhile, following the rising security challenges, Governor Lalong said that a similar security outfit to “Operation Amotekun” for the north will soon be unveiled.

Lalong said this while speaking to Aso Villa correspondents after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, January 10.

Southwest governors had on Thursday, January 9 launched the Western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN), codenamed: ‘Operation Amotekun’ to help secure the region from bandits and other criminals.

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Asked when the governors in the northcentral will emulate their colleagues in the southwest Lalong said: “The situation in the south might not be the same with the north but in the north, we are also looking at some ways that will also address these issues.

"So we have gone ahead to set up committees; those committees have done their work and we are going to meet to address these issues once and for all."

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