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Senator Dantong’s House, Others Burnt By Suspected Arsonists




Agabus Pwanagba, Jos

Following an early morning attack Friday, 12  people were killed by suspected Fulani headsmen in four villages in Bachit District of Riyom Local Government Area of Plateau State.

Our Correspondent gathered that Lwa, Dum, Rachit and Dyang villages all in Bachit Districts were attacked simultaneously at about 1:am Friday by the suspected assailants who mobilized themselves against the residents and in the process, killed and burnt their houses.

An eyewitness told AFRICAN EXAMINER that 12 persons were killed and over 500 people were displaced, most of whom were women and children, while others fled out of fear of another attack.

However, Majority Leader and Member representing Riyom Constituency in the Plateau State House of Assembly, Hon. Daniel Dem confirmed the attack and said,nine people were killed in the attack, which was carried out by Fulani herdsmen. He added they burnt houses including that of late Sen. Gyang Dantong.

Although normalcy has been restored as a result of the intervention of the members of the Special Task Force responsible for the maintenance of peace, the Lawmaker called for adequate security measures in the affected communities to enable the villagers continue with normal activities.

Hon. Dem also called on the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to assist the victims with relief materials to cushion the effect of the attack.

Also the Spokesman of the Special Task Force (STF), Captain Iwehe Ikedichi confirmed that there was an attacked in Riyom Local Government Area, but does not have detail report of the incident and promise to do that as soon as his office was furnished with the report.

As at the time of filing this report, he was yet to give feedback.

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