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Berom militiamen murder four Fulani herdsmen in Plateau

A day to the celebration of Sallah, Plateau State suffered yet another security breach as four Fulani herdsmen were killed by unknown gunmen after an ambush.

The herdsmen were ambushed in at Sho village in Barkin Ladi as they made their way home.

Those who died on the spot were Yero Goma and Wada Usman while Mokaka Mogoggo died yesterday in the morning at Sunnah Hospital in Barkin Ladi. The only survivor, Ahmadu Usman, in the hospital said “the attackers were Berom.

Spokesman of the Special Task Force (STF) Operation Safe Haven, who confirmed the killing, said the incident happened very late on Friday.

According to him, “Five Fulani men were on their way to Barkin-Ladi where some gunmen ambushed and opened fire on them and one of the Fulani men died on the spot. Abdullahi, the fifth person, escaped unhurt. Those who were injured were rushed to the hospital.

“Out of those taken to the hospital, Abdullahi Mokaka, died later today (yesterday). No arrest has been made.”

But Captain Mustapha said investigation was ongoing to track down the perpetrators of the dastardly act.

According to him, the STF assured members of the public of a hitch-free Sallah celebration.

In a statement he later issued yesterday by 4pm, Captain Mustapha said, “This is to inform the general public and good people of Plateau State that on 17 August 2012, by 5:00pm, unknown gunmen ambushed and attacked 5 Fulanis who were on their way to Sho village in Barkin Ladi.

The armed men opened fire on them killing one Yero Goma and Wada Usman on the spot while Abdullahi Mukaka and Useni Ahmadu sustained gunshot wounds.

The fifth person, Saleh Shu’aibu escaped unhurt. The injured were rushed by men of the Special Task Force to a clinic in Barkin Ladi for treatment.

However, Abdullahi Mukaka, one of the injured person died at the clinic today.

“Despite this incident, the Special Task Force would like to reassure the public of its commitment to ensure a hitch-free Eid-el-Fitr celebration. The Special Task Force would leave no stone unturned in fishing out the perpetrators fo this dastardly act. Nevertheless, the Task Force wishes to use this medium to draw attention of the citizens of the Plateau that any individual or group of persons who are bent in fomenting trouble with the sole aim of truncating the peace of the state have made themselves enemies of the state and would be treated as such.”

Also, there was a bomb scare at Bukuru town of Jos local government council yesterday.

The JTF spokesman said: “On 18 August at about 1025am, the Special Task Force personnel in Bukuru received a report of an abandoned Black Briefcase at DB Zang/Gyel Junction along Bukuru express road, Jos South Local Government.

“On reaching the scene, STF personnel, cleared, cordoned and secured the place as they invited the Plateau State Police Anti Bomb squad who arrived at the scene and exploded the bag. However, it was discovered that the bag was after all not containing any explosives but personal belongings of someone who is suspected to be a traveller.  The Special Task Force wishes to use this medium to reiterate the need for the public to continue to provide it with useful information as the STF is assuring the public of their utmost confidentiality.”

In another statement yesterday, Mustapha said, “The general public particularly the good people of Plateau State are hereby informed that some security measures have been put in place to ensure the safety of lives and property in the state this festive season. Some of which are as follows: worshippers are advised to worship in places close to their residences. No bags should be carried to worship places, people should carry along only their praying mats and or Qur’an/Bible. There will be restriction of vehicular movement to some areas of the state. However, designated parking places would be earmarked. In view of this, people are advised to use more of their legs to convey them to worship centres.

“Nevertheless, people are hereby reminded that the ban on motorcycle is still very much in place. And all are enjoined to cooperate with security operatives during and after the Eid-el-Fitr celebration in the state. The Special Task Force is reassuring the general public on its desire and commitment to ensure a hitch-free Sallah celebration in the state. The Task Force wishes to draw the attention of the people that any individual or group of persons who are bent in fomenting trouble in the state have made themselves enemies of peace and would be treated as such.”

AmarSim Associations Development Consultants

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