– Police have recovered three corpses after herdsmen-farmers attack in Plateau state
– The spokesperson for the Plateau state police command, Matthias Tyopev, said that investigation into the crime had commenced
– He said no suspect had been arrested in connection with the incident
The relative peace in Plateau state was said to have been disrupted on Saturday, February 10, when suspected herdsmen laid ambush for commuters in Jebu Miango village in the Bassa local government area.
Punch reports that although the hoodlums fled on sighting the police, three corpses, a motorcycle and 24 expended shells of 7.62mm ammunition were recovered from the scene.
NAIJ.com gathered that it was not ascertained if the dead bodies were those of the commuters or victims of the incessant attacks by the herdsmen from previous incidents.
When contacted, the spokesperson for the Plateau state police command, Matthias Tyopev, an assistant superintendent of police, confirmed the incident, on Tuesday, February 13.
He said that investigation into the crime had commenced, noting, however, that no suspect had been arrested yet.
Tyopev said: “On Saturday, at about 20:00 hours, the Divisional Police Officer in Bassa Division got information that at about 19:45 hours of the same day that a gang of unknown gunmen laid ambush on the road between DTV and Jamraf settlement in Jebu Miango Village, Bassa LGA. They were attacking unsuspecting commuters.
“After receiving the information, the DPO led a patrol team to the scene. But on sighting the police vehicle, the armed men took to their heels and disappeared into the nearby bushes.
“The police combed the area, but the bandits were not found since they spotted the police from a far distance and ran very fast. At the scene, three corpses were recovered who were killed by the gunmen. A motorcycle was also recovered from the scene.
“Also recovered from the scene were 24 expended shells of 7.62mm ammunitions. Photographs of the dead bodies were taken. No suspect has been arrested yet, while investigation is in progress.”
It had been reported the claim by Berom Youth Moulders Association that herdsmen had sacked and ‘conquered’ over 54 communities in Plateau state between 2001 and 2018 and renamed them their settlement.
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had earlier reported that no fewer than twelve suspected herdsmen have been reportedly killed while another fourteen declared missing by the Fulani community in Oyo state, after an attack by suspected local farmers at Okere near Iseyin in Iseyin local government area of the state.
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