Photo: Plateau State Gov Caleb Mutfwang
Gunmen kill 8 in Plateau Farin Lamba community
Gunmen suspected to be Fulani terrorists have killed no fewer than eight persons, including an eight-month-old baby at Farin Lamba community, Vwang District, Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State.
It was gathered that the terrorists also unleashed terror on innocent citizens in other communities in Riyom, Barkin Ladi and Mangu Local Government Areas of the state in renewed attacks that have spiraled since after the 2023 General Elections.
A statement issued on Monday by Mr Rwang Tengwong, the National Publicity Secretary, Birom Youth Movement (BYM) said that the attackers who came at about 9:45pm on Sunday night, driving in a Vectra vehicle shot sporadically at the victims who were heading home after the day’s activities.
According to him, the eight months old baby who was murdered alongside her father were said to be returning from the hospital when they met their untimely death.
The BYM scribe added that before the unprovoked attacks, several communities in Riyom, Barkin Ladi, Jos South and Mangu Local Government Areas had witnessed the deliberate destruction of their farmlands and provocative grazing of over 300 hectares of land.
Also, there have been daily ambush and killing of innocent persons on motorcycles after Ta-hoss village in Riyom LGA, along the Abuja highway which has taken the lives 4 persons and one injured.
Tengwong said that BYM under the leadership of Mr Solomon Mwantiri, strongly condemned the attack and other forms of provocations being meted out on innocent citizens of Plateau since after the 2023 General Elections.
He said, “The pronouncement by the new General Officer Commanding, 3 Armoured Division Maxwell Khobe Cantonment, Maj.-Gen Abdulsalam Abubakar during an on-the-spot assessment at Sabon Gari, Mangu Local Government Area a day after he took over as GOC to ruthlessly deal with criminal elements and restoring peace to communities that have experienced attacks in Plateau state and Joint Operation Area as a whole is a cheering news to us.
“We believe that with the commitment from the new GOC to be firm, decisive and fair to all in discharging the constitutional mandate of protecting lives and property of the Citizens, lasting peace will be achieved in no distant time.
“We also want to commend the Federal and state government for deploying Mobile Police Officers to some communities that have been under frequent attack by the terrorists in Riyom and Mangu LGAs.
“We appeal for the deployment of more personnel to cover Communities in Barkin Ladi and Jos South Local Government Areas as this step has drastically reduced attacks in the past 3 weeks.
“We are also confident that the new Service Chiefs will come up with new strategies to address the security situation in the country and particularly, in Plateau State.
“We call on the Berom nation to remain calm and law abiding, and continue to support all efforts that will bring about peace in our communities.”