No fewer than three persons were killed, while two others sustained injuries in an attack at Nkienzha, Miango District of Rigwe Chiefdom, Bassa local government area of Plateau State.
Spokesperson of Operation Safe Haven, Captain Oya James, while confirming the incident, said the timely response of the troops made the attackers flee the community.
The Publicity Secretary of the Irigwe Development Association (IDA), Davidson Malison, confirmed the incident to Daily Trust on Monday, stating that two persons were killed on Sunday night, while one other killed on Saturday.
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.”
“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,” the group said.
Daily Trust had reported on Friday how a 16-year-old herder, Abas Sani, was slaughtered while he was rearing in the Teegbe community of Bassa LGA.
The crisis in Plateau has continued despite different attempts to address the ugly trend.