Plateau: Gunmen Kill 4 Policemen, 9 Civilians in 2 Weeks

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At least 13 people including four Policemen have been killed in Central Nigeria’s Plateau State in two weeks, MK has learnt.

The policemen were killed on September 21, and October 8, 2019 in Barkin Ladi and Bokkos Local Government Areas respectively.

Inspector Raphael Antiye and Sgt. Kumsho Nandet were killed at a checkpoint near Kura Falls junction in Barkin Ladi while Sgt. Kyeri Asasanta and Sgt. Masoyinka Ishaya were killed in an ambush during a routine patrol in Daffo village, Bokkos LGA.

Three people including a community leader had earlier been killed on Monday, 23rd September 2019 in Hukke village of Bassa Local Government.

This was two days after the State government facilitated the signing of a peace commitment between Fulani and Irigwe communities in the locality.

Barely five days after victims of the attack were buried, another attack on September 28, 2019 near Jol village in Riyom LGA left three returning internally displaced persons dead.

On Monday October 7, 2019, three women were killed in a tomato farm in Vatt village of Foron District, in Barkin Ladi LGA.

The women identified as Mrs. Tabitha Joro Dung, Mrs. Yop Gwom Pam and Mrs. Zong Peter were reportedly shot in the evening by men with AK47 rifles, while harvesting the crops.

Four people were killed on September 3, 2019 in the same village by suspected cattle rustlers.

“The Harvest of souls is ungodly, barbaric and a sacrilege,” says Parliamentarian, Simon Mwadkon.

“It does appear simply that some people are determined to undermine all efforts to restore peace in our communities,” Mwadkon said in a press statement last week.

No arrest has been made since the 20 that were arrested after the killing of over 200 villagers in Barkin Ladi last year June.

Fulani herdsmen are however suspected to be behind most of the attacks.

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