No fewer than 30 persons have been confirmed killed in a fresh attack by suspected Fulani herdsmen in two villages in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State.
The killings was discovered yesterday in Vat and Zakupang villages of Foron District, where the Minister of Water Resources, Mrs. Serah Ochekpe, hails from.
Chairman of Barkin Ladi Local Government Area, Emmanuel Lomang, while confirming the killings to journalists on Monday in Jos, said the suspected Fulani attackers killed 17 people, including women at Vat village in the early hours of Monday, while 13 others were killed at Zakupang village all of Foron District of Barkin LGA of the state.
Loman, who condemned the attack, blamed security agencies for not protecting the lives of the citizens of the local government.
He also decried the incessant attacks in the locality and challenged the security agencies, especially the STF, to take action towards arresting the attackers.
Village head of Kapwen in Foron District, Da Gwom Ishaku Pam, also confirmed Gwom’s death.
He added that a young lady, named Pualina, who got married two weeks ago, was also killed by the attackers.
The village head said the series of the attacks in the locality had caused them sleepless nights.
The spokesperson for the Plateau State Police Command, Emmanule Abuh , confirmed the incident on Monday.
He, however said he could not ascertain the casualty rate but security officials were deployed to rescue the situation.
In a related development, no fewer than 70 persons were said to have lost their lives and several others injured in separate attacks in Karim Lamido and Takum Local Government Areas of Taraba State within the past few days.
It was alleged that 27 people were killed in Karim-Lamido LGA following a reprisal by the military.
It was gathered that suspected Fulani gunmen ambushed and killed six soldiers while three were said to be missing two days ago when the gunmen attacked the soldiers between Amar and Kambari village of Karim Lamido LGA.
The soldiers were said to be on a routine patrol of the area when they were ambushed and killed.
Three of the missing soldiers were also found dead by the military when they combed the area in search of their missing colleagues.