Thursday, April 24, 2014

Gunmen kill two in Barkinladi, Plateau State

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The men were buried in Sho village on Wednesday

By  Andrew Ajijah

At least two people were ambushed and killed by gunmen in Barkinladi Local Government Area of Plateau State on Wednesday Morning, the council boss, Emmanuel Loman, has said.

This is coming about two days after gunmen, suspected to be security officials, fired at people in a drinking joint, killing 10 and injuring dozens.

Mr. Loman, the Management Committee Chairman of Barkinladi, stated this in a phone interview with PREMIUM TIMES.

The council chairman said the victims were killed in the early hours of Wednesday while on their way to their routine farming activities in the Sho Village of the council.

Mr. Loman, in a shaken voice, said that one of the victims was his relation. He said that the victims were ambushed by suspected Fulani herdsmen whom he said opened fire at close range killing the two men.

The embattled council boss said that the victims, who were on a motorbike, died on the spot. The victims were buried at about 3:00 p.m. in Sho village.

Barkinladi Council was among the four council areas President Goodluck Jonathan imposed a state of emergency on due to persistent security breaches. The killings have, however, continued.

Curfew

Following the incessant killings of innocent people at beer joints within the state, the Plateau State Police Command has banned the operation of drinking joints beyond 7:00 p.m. with effect from Wednesday.

The Command, in a statement by its Police Public Relation Officer, Abuh Emmanuel, directed the closure of all social joints by 7:00 p.m.

“The plateau state police command worried by the recent attack by unknown gunmen in drinking joints in some parts of the state, hereby appeals to the operators of drinking joints in B\Ladi and Riyom LGA to close their drinking joints by 6:00pm.

“While drinking joints operators in Bukuru, Jos Metropolis and other Local Government Areas of the state should do same by 7:00pm,” Mr. Emmanuel said.

The spokesperson said police officers have been placed on a red alert to apprehend those creating the mayhem.

Mr. Loman, the council boss, had earlier called for an independent investigation into reports by witnesses and residents that Monday’s killing was done by security officials in uniform, who came in a security vehicle.

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