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Gunmen have killed a family of three and three others in the Plateau.

 

Suspected gunmen have reportedly killed six persons between last Friday and Monday in Rijiyan Giwa and Du community of Shendam and Bassa Local Government Areas of Plateau State.

According to reports from the two communities, gunmen suspected of being Fulani bandits killed three members of a family of three in Rijiyan Giwa, Shendam Local Government Area.

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Three more people were killed in the Bassa Local Government Area’s Du Community, Kwall district.

Gunmen killed four miners in Dong community, Jos North Local Government Area, four days ago, according to The Nation.

Talwa Gobak, his wife Nenpomwa Talwa Gobak, and their 12-year-old daughter Nyokdel Talwa Gobak were said to have been murdered in the early hours of last Friday when suspected gunmen broke into their home in Shendam.

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The assailants reportedly went straight to their bedroom and opened fire on the victims who were sleeping in their bed, killing them instantly before disappearing.

Gunshots were heard in the direction of the victims’ home around 4 a.m. on the fateful day, according to a community source who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The attackers, however, had already killed the victims and escaped unnoticed before residents could reach them.

The victims, who were farmers who had migrated from Kabwir in Kanke local government area, were involved in yam farming.

According to another source, the suspected Fulani bandits committed the crime because of a feud between the late Talwa and some Fulani.

Hon. Sati Gobak, late Talwa’s younger brother, spoke to reporters and described his late elder brother as a man of peace who lived his life pursuing peaceful ventures.

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“For the 30 years he’s lived in that community, he’s never had a problem with anyone, as far as I know.”

“I’ve had interactions with members of his host community (including traditional and community leaders) who have always described him as a man of peace.”

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“Well, I wouldn’t know exactly what prompted the attack,” Sati said, “but what I can say is that a week before his death, some Fulani broke into his yam barn and stole some yam but were caught red-handed and ordered to pay a fine by the Vigilante.” “Unfortunately, he was assassinated on the day the fine was due,” he explained.

Nuhu Bitrus, a spokesman for the Miango Youth Development Association, confirmed the latest killing to reporters in Jos in relation to the Bassa local government area incident.

The three victims were riding a motorcycle when the gunmen attacked them, according to Bitrus.

According to him, the incident occurred on Monday in Du community, Kwall district, Bassa LGA.

“Some Rigwe youths on a motorcycle were ambushed at Du village, Kwall district, Bassa LGA of Plateau State around 8.20pm on Monday, January 24, 2022,” Bitrus said.

“Three people were killed instantly, and one person was injured by gunshots.”

The deceased are 46-year-old Chayi Gado, 33-year-old Monday Daro, and 32-year-old Ezekiel Peter, according to the youth leader, who also identified the injured as Iveh Gah, 42.

“We are in a meeting,” Plateau Police Command spokesman ASP Gabriel Ubah told the Nation. “I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.”

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