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Suspected herdsmen kill 86 persons in Plateau

Valentine Chinyem



The Plateau State Police command has confirmed the killing of 86 people in attacks on Razat, Ruku, Nyarr, Kura and Gana-Ropp villages of Gashish District in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area.

The command who had earlier said that only 11 persons were killed, however, rescinded on their statement, while putting the new figure at eighty-six.

This was revealed in a statment to newsmen by the command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO),ASP Terna Tyopev. He said six persons were injured, with 50 houses razed.

“Eighty six (86) persons all together were killed, six people injured, fifty (50) houses burnt, fifteen (15) motorcycles burnt down; two (2) motor vehicles burnt down.”

“Sequel to the attack in Gashish District of Barkin Ladi local government area, the Commissioner of Police, Mr Undie Adie after deploying more personnel to the District sent a search and rescue team from the command Headquarters for an on-the-spot assessment,” he said.

“The team headed by ACP Edeh John of the Department of Operations also had the DPO of Barkin Ladi Division and a Unit Commander from Mopol 38.

“After a careful search of the villages attacked in the district, it was discovered that 86 persons all together were killed and six severely injured

“Fifty houses, two cars and 15 motorcycles were completely burnt down,” Tyopev said.

The command’s image maker explained that the dead bodies were released to the families for burial.

The PPRO said the 11 deaths earlier confirmed by the command was based on the information at its disposal until the arrival of the search and rescue team from the scenes of attacks, however, a resident of Barkin Ladi had earlier told newsmen that 120 people were killed in the attack.

However, a dusk to dawn curfew has been placed by the State Government.