Gunmen kill soldier, 12 others in fresh Plateau attack

No fewer than 13
people, including a
soldier have been
killed as some
suspected Fulani
herdsmen attacked
Lwa, Dum, Rachit and
Dyang villages in Riyom Local Government Area of Plateau
State in the early hours of Friday.
Two soldiers were also said to be missing in the attack.
It was learnt that tension had built up in the local
government following rumours that gunmen were planning
to attack Jol.
This made the villagers to organise vigilance groups to
prevent any likely attack, but the early morning attack took
the affected villages by surprise as it occurred when they
were fast asleep.
Spokesperson for the Special Task Force, Capt. Ikedichi
Iweha, who confirmed the attack, said, “We are still carrying
out a mop-up operation and have not been able to establish
the casualty figure.”
Iweha, however, said that the task force had arrested 82
suspects mostly of Cameroonian, Nigerien and Chadian
origins in Jos North Local Government Area of the state.
He said that the suspects were arrested within Rikkos
community which has been under surveillance due to its
high concentration of foreigners.
Iweha said, “We did not wake up and just go to an area to
arrest people; the area has been under surveillance for a
long time and it should have been a joint operation with the
Nigerian Immigration Service but there were contending
issues so we had to move swiftly to operate alone because
of the independence day and Sallah celebrations.”


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