PLATEAU: Gunmen kill five women, three men; behead one victim at mining site

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Tragedy struck at a mining site in Kuru, Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State when gunmen suspected to be Fulani militia killed no fewer than eight workers at the site with one of the victims beheaded.

 

Reports say that the incident occurred at about 7 p.m. on Friday, April 9, at a mining site belonging to Cabitex Company and it was gathered that the gunmen opened fire on the miners, killing eight people and leaving several others injured.

The incident was confirmed on Sunday by Dalyop Mwantiri, of Emancipation Centre for Crisis Victims in Nigeria (ECCVN), a non-governmental organisation based in Plateau State.

Daylop who said that among those killed were three men and five women while one of them was beheaded and the head taken away by the gunmen gave the name of the victims as: Mrs. Talatu Sunday, Mrs. Jumai Useini, Mr. Davou Dalyop Pwol (beheaded), Mr. Gyang Joseph Nyam, Mr. Gabriel Nuhu, Mrs Nvou Dung, Mrs Dung Monday, Mrs. Shabang.

 

The Secretary-General of Kuru Development Association, Barrister Chapo Daniel, who also condemned the incident, said the area and entire council has been under attack for some time.

“It’s a heavy loss that drills mourners with heavy hearts; we are saddened with the bad news of the loss of our people who went for their legitimate businesses in this harsh economic period, but were ambushed and eight killed while others sustained several degree of injuries as a result of the attack by assailants suspected to be herdsmen,” he told ECCVN.

“It behoves on government and its security agents to double up in addressing the trending security challenges being witnessed in Plateau, especially Kuru and its environs in order to avoid recurrences as well as violent reactions that might arise as a result of inaction from its part.

“It’s also imperative to speed up preliminary investigation aiming at apprehending and arresting violent actors that had played part in the unfortunate development, bearing focus on some security information and happenings unfolded prior to the invasion,” said Mr Mwan.

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