Again, suspected herdsmen kill two, burn several houses in Plateau communities

Two persons were ambushed and killed, on Sunday night by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Ariri and Tafi-Gene villages of Jebu-Miango, Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State.

It was gathered that the incident which occurred at about 9:30pm, also left one person badly injured and several houses burnt.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, ASP Tyopev Marthias Terna confirmed the incident to journalists in the state.

Terna said he was yet to receive details of the fresh attack.

The PPRO revealed that investigation was ongoing to track down criminal elements who have been killing innocent citizens in the past one week in Bassa Local Government Area of the state.

The Chairman, Plateau Youth Council, Fabong Jemchang Yildam, condemned the spate of attacks in Bokkos and Bassa Local Government Areas and blamed government’s inability to address the avoidable killings.

Yildam said: “The events of these days pasts on the Plateau particularly in Irigwe land, Bokkos and Riyom is yet again another demonstration of the failure of government in its primary responsibility of securing lives and properties.

“This carnage has continued unchecked and the impunity is so palpable like never before. This further reinforces our belief that our people had been marked for annihilation. Agreed the farmer/herder conflict represents an existential threat to our people, yet there seems to be no agreed upon policy to curb this impending doom.”

“It is in this light that we wish to call on all well-meaning Plateau people especially our youths to ignore all unfounded rumours and falsehood being peddled to the effect that areas of the state have been earmarked for the creation of cattle colonies, as they are not true.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the Plateau State Youth Council is strongly opposed to the creation of grazing reserves, grazing routes and cattle colonies in any part of Plateau state.

”We are in support of multilevel dialogues with wide ranging critical stakeholders with a view to evolve a robust homegrown ranching policy that will serve as a panacea for the ultimate prohibition of open cattle grazing in the state.”

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