Four youths were killed by suspected herdsmen that invaded Rikwechongu and Zirshe villages of Irigwe Chiefdom, Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State in the early hours of yesterday.
It was also gathered that several houses and food barns were set ablaze by the gunmen.
Confirming the attack, yesterday, National President, Irigwe Development Association, IDA, Robbert Ashi, said three young persons were ambushed by the suspected herdsmen, Sunday evening, and killed between Jebbu Bassa and Rikwechongu villages while another person was killed at Zirshe village yesterday morning while some houses and food barns were burnt.
He said: “Yesterday (Sunday) evening, I was informed of attacks by suspected herdsmen, who ambushed and killed three of our youths returning from Jebbu Bassa to Rikwechongu village close to the School of Accountancy while in the early hours of this morning (Monday) the herdsmen also attacked Zirshe village and killed one person, burnt several houses including food barns where the villagers had kept their recently harvested produce.
“This action is condemnable coming at the time our people are preaching peace in the land.”
The state Police Command did not confirm the incident as a call to its spokesman, ASP Gabriel Uba, was not picked but Dalyop Solomon, who works with rural communities affected by herders/farmers conflicts, told Vanguard on the phone that the information was true.
According to him, “It was reported last night, February 14, 2021, that Zirshe village of Kwall District in Bassa LGA was invaded by suspected armed militias at about 7:21 pm. From information locally sourced, Mr Cephas Dauda was shot dead while many houses were razed down by the attackers.