BEVERLY HILLS, February 15, (THEWILL) – Suspected herdsmen by this morning invaded two villages in Kwall District of Bassa Local Government Area, Plateau State and killed four young men.
National President of the Irigwe Development Association (IDA), Robbert Ashi, who confirmed the incident, said three young persons were ambushed by the gunmen and killed between Jebbu Bassa and Rikwechongu village on yesterday night.
Another person, he said, was killed at Zirshe village this morning and some houses burnt, including food barns.
Ashi said he was informed of “attacks by suspected herdsmen who ambushed and killed three of our youth returning back from Jebbu Bassa to Rikwechongu village close to the School of Accountancy.
“While at the early hours of this morning (Monday) the herdsmen also attacked and killed one person, burnt several houses including food barns where the villagers had kept their recently harvested produce. This action is condemnable coming at the time our people are preaching peace in the land”, he said.
Ashi described the attacks as unfortunate and called on the security agencies to arrest the attackers whom he said are suspected herdsmen
Meanwhile, Sen. Istifanus Gyang (PDP, Plateau North), have condemned the attack.
Gyang, in a statement issued by his Special Assistant, Musa Ashoms, on Monday, said the attack came shortly after a similar ambush and killing of youths in Riyom Local Government Area.
He said, while all efforts were focused on rebuilding peace and reconciling the people of Plateau North, there were still persons whose preoccupation was violence and bloodletting.
The lawmaker urged the government and the security agencies to secure and protect law-abiding citizens and communities of Plateau North and bring the culprits to justice.