It was another day of tragedy for the people of Plateau State when unidentified
gunmen this morning struck at Foron village in Barkinladi Local Government where
a family of eight and a visitor to the family were gruesomely murdered.
attack at about 1 a.m. is the fourth of such attacks between Monday and
eyewitness who gave her name as Beatrice explained to P.M.NEWS that
the attackers came all dressed in black and were more than 30 in number.
to her, the assailants overpowered members of the vigilance group that were
keeping vigil because they were better armed.
other villagers who spoke in anger expressed disappointment over the lax
security provided by the Plateau State government since the attacks and killings
started in the area this week.
demanded that the state government should withdraw the soldiers posted to the
area and allow them to take up arms to face their enemies whom they identified
as Fulani herdsmen.
also disclosed because of the manner the assailants came into the village and
the route they followed to the house of their victims, they were sure the
attackers were Fulani herdsmen.
to them, the attackers came from a village about 10 kilometres away, and the
village is predominantly inhabited by Fulani herdsmen.
Barkinladi Local Government Area Chairman, Emmanuel Lomang, who was at the scene
of the killing, also expressed dismay over the inability of the soldiers and
other security agents to protect the state from such attack.
therefore requested that the state government should beef up security to prevent
further bloodshed in the state.
the attack happened a day after the state governor, Jonah Jang returned from a
routine health-check overseas.
addressed newsmen yesterday concerning the effort he was making to beef up
security to put an end to the killings.
However, P.M.NEWS gathered
this morning from the attacked village that the battle line has been drawn
between the Berom people and the Hausa-Fulani invaders.
of them, mostly women who spoke at Foron village today vowed that today’s attack
on the natives of Plateau will be the last because they will join forces to ward
off the attackers.