Three persons have been killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen in a fresh outbreak of violence in troubled Plateau State, Nigeria.
They were shot dead on Friday night in Zanwra area of Jebbu Miango, Bassa Local Government Area of the State by people suspected to be herdsmen.
The latest violence comes barely three days after the peace and security conference organised by the Plateau State Peace Building Agency in collaboration with the United States Institute for Peace, Justice, and Security and financed by US Embassy in Nigeria.
The assailants reportedly struck around 8pm, a few hours after the visit of the new Commander of Special Military Taskforce codenamed ‘Operation Safe Haven’, Maj. Gen. Augustine Agundu to the area.
The victims have been reportedly buried by their relations according to the tradition of Irigwe ethnic group.
Mr. Matthias Tyopev,DSP, spokesperson for the Plateau State Police Command confirmed the killing on Saturday.
According to him, investigation had commenced.
Mr. Tyopev said, “Today, being Saturday, August 4 at 0745hrs, the Nigeria Police Force, Plateau State Command, Jos received an information that on August 3 at about 1830hrs, unknown armed men suspected to be Fulani herdsmen attacked Zanwra area of Jebbu Miango, Bassa LGA. As a result of the attack three persons were shot dead.
“They are; Emmanuel Gado ‘M’ aged 22, Ladi Monday ‘F’ age 30 and Mary Monday ‘F’ aged 5 years. Police detectives led by the Divisional Crime Officer of Bassa Police Division mobilised to the scene of crime. One expended shell of 7.62mm ammunition was recovered, Photographs of the corpses were also taken.
“Meanwhile, the corpses were buried by relations according to Irigwe rites. An investigation is in progress to track and arrest the perpetrators to face justice. We also appeal to members of the public to help with the needed information to unravel the mystery behind the attack.”
Before leaving for London on medical vacation on Friday, President Muhammadu Buhari had met with the nation’s security chiefs over the high level of insecurity in the country.