Friday Olokor and John Charles
No fewer than two persons have been killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen during an attack on Irigwe chiefdom, in the Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State.
This is just as some gunmen invaded the residence of Major General John Malu, the younger brother of a former Chief of Army Staff, General Victor Malu.
The PUNCH learnt that the killings in Plateau occurred around 7.40pm on Sunday while the victims were going home on a motorcycle from Kwall.
The deceased, Ibrahim Weyi (45) and Larry-More (53), were reportedly hacked to death, while one Samuel Weyi (23), was injured.
The spokesperson for Miango Youth Development Association, Lawrence Zongo, said Weyi was in a critical condition.
“The victims were natives of Irigwe. Only one of them, Ayuba Samuel (25), escaped death by a whisker. The attack happened on Sundayaround 7:40pm
“Since last week, Fulani militia have continued to kill innocent Nigerians in Bassa LGA (Irigwe People) without any response from the military to bring out the attackers to face justice,” he added.
The spokesperson for the Plateau State Police Command, Mathias Tyopev, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, confirmed the killings on Monday, adding that investigations were ongoing.
The Monday attack on Malu’s house was said to have taken place a few metres away from the checkpoint of the Special Military Taskforce, codenamed Operation Safe Haven.
The gunmen were said to have invaded the country home of the general and shot sporadically at the house.
However, the soldiers who were with him were said to have repelled the attack.
The incident reportedly occurred around 7am at Tse Adoo, along Katsina Ala/Zaki Biam Road.
Commandant of 72 Special Force Battalion, Lt. Col. Suleiman Mohammed, confirmed the incident.
He said, “It is true that some gunmen attacked the general in his village around 7am this morning (Monday), but the soldiers with him repelled them.”
When asked whether the general was at home at the time of the incident, the commandant answered in the affirmative.