Tuesday, January 18

Blood bath in Plateau, Niger

No fewer than, 52 persons have been reportedly killed in separate attacks on communities in Plateau and Niger states.

While 18 persons were confirmed killed after gunmen attacked the Ncha community in the Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State, gunmen on Wednesday attacked two communities in Niger State and killed 34 persons.

The Niger State incident appeared to be reprisal as a few weeks ago some special hunters and local vigilantes killed scores of gunmen who were e terrorising the communities.

The gunmen launched Wednesday’s attack on Nakuna and Wurukuchi communities when the villagers were on their farms harvesting produce.

All the houses in Nakuna, with a population of about 200, were burnt down by the gunmen, who invaded the community in search of vigilantes.

A resident who lost 10 members of his family to the attack said 20 other bodies were discovered in the bush noting that the rampaging gunmen also burnt food barns in the communities before leaving.

The 75 year old resident added that during the search for members of the vigilance group and local hunters, the gunmen also abducted three of the special hunters.

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Also in Plateau State, 18 persons have been reportedly killed on Wednesday.

Sources said that the gunmen, who carried out the attack, also burnt several houses belonging to the residents, while several persons sustained injuries.

“We have a disaster currently in one of our communities in Ncha. Some gunmen, whom we know to be Fulani, last night invaded the community and started shooting everywhere and killing anyone they saw in sight, while setting people’s houses on fire. Right now, we have counted 17 dead bodies and six persons that were injured during the invasion, which started around 2.30am.

“The Ancha community is the same place that one person was killed just a few days ago by the same people. We don’t know what to do before the government and security agents will see the need to protect our people from extermination, which obviously is the intent of the attackers.” A source pointed out.

Meanwhile, the Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong has expressed deep sadness over the attack on Acha village. He described the attack as another sad tale in the unending cycle of violent attacks in the area, which had continued despite several measures taken by the government.

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The governor while commiserating with the families of those killed and the survivors directed the Plateau State Emergency Management Agency and the Peace Building Agency to move in and assess the damage as well as offer immediate humanitarian interventions.

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