The Nigeria Police have confirmed the killing of three persons and 319 cattle in separate attacks on some villages in Bassa Local Government Area, Plateau State.
The state police spokesperson, Tyopev Terna, stated this in a statement on Tuesday, saying the killing of the cattle occurred in Billi and Ariri Districts.
He said the cattle were killed a day after three people were murdered and one other was injured in different attacks in Maiyanga and Rotsu villages in the same local government.
Two cattle rearers are missing in the attack, he said.
The statement read, “The Plateau State Police Command, Jos, received information on 29/04 /2019 at about 0800hrs to the effect that unknown gunmen attacked Maiyanga area of Miango District. As a result, one Jummai Jah ‘f’ 25yrs and Emmanuel Ishaya ‘m’ 37yrs were killed. A 7 months old girl, Tabitha, survived with a neck injury and is receiving treatment at Enos Hospital at Miango. The information also emphasised that Monday Audu of Rotsu village also in Miango District was shot and matched (macheted) to death.
“While the investigation into these crimes were ongoing, the Command on 30/04 /2019 at about 0730hrs received information that about 319 cattle were attacked and killed, 12 cattle were maimed while 11 cattle were rustled. Two cattle rearers: one Mubarak Yakubu and one Shehu Saidu, both males of different addresses, were missing. All these allegedly took place in Billi and Ariri in Miango District.”
Mr. Terna said the police have mobilised a search and rescue team to rescue the missing rearers and that officers have also been deployed to the affected areas to maintain law and order.