From Jude Dangwam, Jos
No fewer than nine persons including a pregnant woman have been killed in a midnight attack on Hurra village near Maiyanga in Kwall District of Irigwe Chiefdom in Bass a Local Government Area of Plateau State amidst the COVID-19 lockdown.
The attackers were said to have stormed the village and killed their victims and set houses, food bans ablaze leaving behind destruction worth millions of naira in the troubling Miango land.
The Public Relations Officer of the Irigwe sociocultural body- Irigwe Development Association (IDA) Mr. Ive Gulu, who spoke with DAILY ASSET on Wednesday in Jos, the Plateau State capital said, nine persons, including a pregnant woman were killed by herdsmen in Hurra village near Maiyanga of Irigwe Chiefdom in Bassa local government area of Plateau State.
This act was carried out by our assailants who have always remained the Fulani herdsmen and bone other,” he stated.
“The nine were killed when the assailants stormed the community, shooting sporadically while also setting lots of houses ablaze.
Gulu mainatained that residents of the area who survived the attack have been thrown into mourning, the latest killings come days after over 15 lives were lost in similar attacks on some communities within the Irigwe Chiefdom by gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen.
President of the Irigwe Youth Movement, Chinge Dodo, who bemoaned the continuous killings, charged the new Commander of Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) in the state to quickly settle to duty and strategize towards ending the recurring menace.
Community leaders from the area have intensified calls on the Plateau State and Federal Government to take urgent steps to stop the spade of killings and destruction of property in their domain.
When DAILY ASSET contacted the Media Officer Operation Safe Haven, Major Ibrahim Shittu over the ongoing killings, he said men of the STF have since been placed on red alert following the attack on Harru village in Bassa local government area of Plateau state on Tuesday evening by unknown gunmen.
Major Shittu disclosed that the Commander, Operation SAFE HAVEN, Major General Chukwuma Okonkwo had visited the village, “putting troops of the operation on red alert”. He described the attack as unfortunate, pointing that the operation would hunt down perpetrators of the attack in no distant time.
He saluted the people’s resilience and advised them to remain law abiding, while the operation is working hard to destroy criminal elements terrorizing the area.
The commander also urged people of the village to cooperate with military personnel by providing timely information to the security agencies in a bid to bring sanity to the area.
The Media Officer stressed that General Okonkwo has reiterated the Operation Safe Haven’s commitment to secure its joint operational areas with a clear mandate of building on the existing peace being enjoyed in its areas of responsibility.