Suspected herdsmen kill three in Plateau
Armed bandits suspected to be Fulani herdsmen hacked three elderly men to death at Hukei village in Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State, last Friday.
The President of Irigwe Development Association (IDA), Hon. Sunday Abdu, claimed attackers have killed about 20 people in the past week in Bassa.
The Police State Command confirmed the killing of the three in a statement by its spokesman, Mathias Terna Tyopev, yesterday.
The statement reads: “On 26/01/2018 at about 18.30hrs, while our men were sustaining patrols around Rafi-Bauna, Jebu-Miango areas, they received information that at about 18.15hrs, a gang of armed men suspected to be Fulani herdsmen were seen killing people and burning down houses at Hukei Village in Miango Chiefdom, Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State.”
The police spokesman said that on receipt of the information, the police immediately mobilised to the area. “Getting close to the village, the suspected herdsmen, on sighting our patrol vehicles, took to their heels. As a result of the attack, some people were shot and killed on the spot.
“They are: Ahmadu Hwie (male) 100 years old; Hwie Odoh (male) 90 years old; and Gado Kondo (male) 70 years old, all of Hukei Village, Miango in Bassa LGA.
“Ten houses were also set ablaze by the same attackers. The suspected herdsmen have adopted guerilla tactics of hit and run. The Commissioner of Police, Mr. Undie Adie, has deployed more police personnel to the area for effective coverage and robust patrol to curtail the incidence of these attacks.”
The PPRO said investigation was in progress. He enjoined members of the public to avail the command with useful information.