Seven Confirmed Dead, 250 Houses Razed As Gunmen Attack Plateau communities for 4 Hours
At least four persons were killed and many houses were burned down by gunmen who assaulted certain towns in Plateau State’s Miango District, Bassa Local Government Area.
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On Saturday night, gunmen assaulted Zanwra, Nche-Tahu, Rikwe-Rishe A and B, Ri-Dogo, and Nchu-Nzhwa villages in Miango chiefdom’s Jebbu-Miango communities, murdering four people and injuring several others. On Sunday, August 1, four more bodies were claimed to have been discovered in the bush.
Davidson Malison, national publicity secretary of the Iregwe Development Association (IDA) in Jos, however, claimed that the gunmen killed seven people and razed over 250 houses in the unprovoked attack.
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The injured people are being treated at an unnamed hospital, according to Malison. The statement was as follows:
“Over 250 houses were razed in Zanwra, Nche-Tahu, Rikwe-Rishe A and B, Ri-Dogo, Nchu-Nzhwa, all in Miango chiefdom’s Jebbu-Miango settlements, during the unabated attack that lasted over four hours.
“Seven individuals were killed, while several others were injured and are being treated at an unnamed hospital.
“Over 40 farmlands were destroyed, with a variety of crops destroyed, and various home objects and domestic animals hauled away.”
However, state police spokesperson Gabriel Ubah confirmed the attack, saying the command received a complaint of a dispute between gunmen believed to be Fulani militia and youths from the Irigwe village.
He claims that four locals were slain and 50 homes were set ablaze. Mr. Edward Egbuka, the state Commissioner of Police, has visited the location with other top officers from the command and has ordered a probe into the matter.