Gunmen Attack 4 Communities in Plateau State, Kill Pastor, 20 Others

Gunmen Attack 4 Communities in Plateau State, Kill Pastor, 20 Others

  • Gunmen have attacked four communities killing 21 people in two local government areas of Plateau state
  • A clergyman, Rev Nicodemus Kim, and 20 others were killed at Riyom and Barkin Ladi Local Government Areas
  • The gunmen, who attacked on Sunday, June 11, also left many people injured and scores of people displaced

Jos, Plateau state - Suspected gunmen have killed a pastor of the Church of Christ in Nation, Rev. Nicodemus Kim, and 20 others in coordinated attacks on four communities on Sunday, June 11, in Riyom and Barkin Ladi Local Government Areas of Plateau state.

The National Publicity Secretary of the Berom Youth Movement, Rwang Tengwong, who made this in a statement issued in Jos on Tuesday, June 13, said Rev Kim was killed in the Gana-Ropp community of Barkin Ladi, while others were killed in Rim, Jol, and Kwi communities of Riyom, The PUNCH reported.

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Gunmen attack Plateau communities, kill pastor and 20 others. Photo Credit: Caleb Mutfwang/ Nigeria Police Force
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Tengwong added that the attacks left many people with various degrees of injuries and scores of people displaced.

He said:

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“Twenty-one persons were killed and several others injured on Sunday during coordinated attacks by militias on residents of Rim, Jol, Kwi communities of Riyom as well as Gana-Ropp community in Barkin Ladi
“Two persons were killed at Rim, Seven at Jol, 11 at Kwi, all in Riyom, while a clergyman, Rev. Nichodemus Kim, was killed in Gana-Ropp Barkin Ladi
“The attacks on Rim, Jol and Kwi were simultaneously coordinated and held between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sunday.
“In Kwi, an entire community, Hei-gwe, was razed and over 100 farmlands destroyed.”

Tengwong called on the state and federal governments to address the insecurity situation in the state.

He said:

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“We call on the new administration, both at the federal and state levels, to come up with new strategies to address the security situation in the country and particularly in Plateau.
“Security personnel must also wake up to their statutory responsibilities to safeguard lives and property.
“BYM equally calls on the Berom nation to remain calm and law abiding, but they must explore every avenue to defend their communities, as we cannot sit and watch while they kill us one after another.”

Governor Mutfwang reacts to killings

The Plateau State Governor, Caleb Mutfwang, who confirmed the killings, assured Plateau residents that his administration is committed to tackling the insecurity challenges facing the state.

In a statement issued by Gyang Bere, his Director of Press and Public Affairs, the governor said:

“Let me assure the people that we are retooling the security apparatus of the state and by the special grace of God, we will have a secured Plateau.”

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Mutfwang made this disclosure while speaking on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

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