18 Killed, 6 Injured In Fresh Attack In Plateau

The people of Irigwe community have once again been thrown into heavy mourning following a fresh attack by gunmen on Ancha village in Rigwe Chiefdom of Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State that left no fewer than 18 people killed and a further six others severely injured.

A spokesperson for the Irigwe Development Association, Davidson Malison who spoke to newsmen, said on Wednesday that the attack was carried out on Tuesday night by suspected herdsmen who invaded the village and besieged it for over two hours.

According to Mr Malison, the assailants invaded unchecked by any security operative, leading to the destruction of twenty-four (24) households with several properties such as vehicles, motorcycles, harvested crops, and several other valuable items, being carted away by the attackers.

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In his reaction to the attack, Governor Simon Lalong described the incident as another sad tale in the unending violent attacks in the area which has continued despite several measures taken by the government.

The governor ordered security agencies to ensure that the attackers are fished out at all costs.

Governor Lalong specifically asked the General Officer Commanding 3 division and Commander Operation Safe Haven alongside the Commissioner of Police, the Department State Services, Operation Rainbow and other security agencies in Plateau State to utilize intelligence available from survivors and other sources and ensure that perpetrators of the attack are apprehended and exposed.

Africa Today News, New York reports that this is attack has been persistent for a while in Plateau State which is believed to be a result of clashes between the natives and Fulani herdsmen.


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