Six killed as gunmen attack Plateau community – Residents

Jonah Jang

Gunmen on Saturday evening attacked Lamba Gyambar community of Wase Local Government Area of Plateau State killing six people including a two weeks old baby, residents have said.

A resident of the community, Nuhu Musa, narrated to journalists in Jos, the state capital, on Sunday how the gunmen invaded the community.

“The attackers took us unawares,” Mr. Musa said via telephone. “We were going about our normal activities, when suddenly we began to hear sounds of gun shots from different directions of the village.”

He named the deceased as Malam Muhammad, 45; Sa’idu Bako, 60; Hafsat Hassan, 42; Fatima Musa (two weeks old); Adamu Ibrahim, 60; and Rashida Khalid, 38.

The injured persons, according to Mr. Musa, are receiving treatment at a private hospital in Dengi, headquarters of neighbouring Kanam Local Government Area, while some of the victims in critical condition were rushed to another hospital in Bauchi.

Another witness who declined to be named for security reasons said the attack occurred at about 4:15 p.m. on Saturday.

He said the armed men invaded the village and shot sporadically. Apart from those killed and injured, many houses were also burnt, he said.

According to him, most residents have relocated to Dengi for safety.

Both men said they suspect that their attacks were from a neighbouring ethic group.

“The attackers are Tarok people, because we saw a familiar face among them,” Mr. Musa said. “We counted 20 houses that were burnt, the attackers also went away with some of our valuables.”

Several phone calls to the Plateau police spokesperson, Abuh Emmanuel, were unanswered.

However, a Tarok community leader in Wase, Jangle Lohbut, dismissed the claims that Tarok members carried out the attack.

“Nothing of such act could be done by Tarok nationals,” he told journalists on phone. “As far as I’m concerned, we have a good relationship with every tribe in Wase, so there was no reason for such act from my people.”


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  • redeem

    It serves the people of Plateau state right-today they are with the Fulanis the next day war————-sad they could not even declare their stand at the just concluded national confab-concerning this very troubling matter———-An issue which many of the delegates equally did all within their power to ignore—rather than tackle the matter headlong the people of North Central aligned with the Counterparts–to attempt to derail the confab—–concerning resource control———-I hope the Fulanis and the natives will continue to kill each until thy kingdom come–Gullible Nigerians would again be told by El Rufai and his agents in APC that–the killings were undertaken by Ihejirika and Sheriff via Davis-.

  • the truth

    interview stephen davis gave denying been hired by the nigerian government
    Australian hostage negotiator, Stephen Davis, has been embroiled in
    controversy over his allegations about Boko Haram’s sponsorship, their
    source of funding and if he was actually contracted by the FG to
    negotiate on its behalf.

    Davis has repeatedly stated that he was in Nigeria for four months,
    acting as a Boko Haram hostage negotiator to help free the Chibok girls.
    It was during the said negotiations that he claimed to have discovered
    that the terrorist group was being funded by prominent Nigerian
    politicians including, Ali Modu Sheriff. He also alleged that funds were
    being transferred through CBN.

    The federal government via a statement last week, denied hiring Davis as a Boko Haram hostage negotiator.

    And now, Vanguard has published an interview that Soni Daniel allegedly had with Davis.

    Read excerpts:

    What do you have to show that you were engaged by the Nigerian government to negotiate with Boko Haram?

    I was not engaged by the Federal Government of Nigeria, any state
    government or any other party. I went to Nigeria in late April in an
    effort to facilitate a handover of the Chibok captives after discussing
    such a possibility with former commanders of JAS (Jama’atu Ahlul Sunnah
    Lih Da’awa wal Jihad otherwise known as JAS) and others close to Boko
    Haram.

    Why did you release the report of your assignment to the media instead of sending it to government?

    I did not construct a report of my efforts in
    Nigeria. As I said earlier, I was not engaged by any party and
    therefore had no obligation to report to anyone.

    Some Nigerians find it curious that you
    decided to give your report only to Arise TV, owned by a Nigerian,
    Nduka Obiagbena, who also owns Thisday Newspapers and may be
    sympathetic to some politicians in Nigeria.

    I gave a radio interview to the ABC in
    Australia which subsequently told me that after the transcript was
    posted to their online site, it had been picked up in the UK and Sky
    News requested an interview. In the hope of bringing attention to the
    many other girls and boys kidnapped by Boko Haram, I agreed to a
    television interview. That interview took place in Channel 7 studios in
    Australia and it was at that point that I was told it was an interview
    with Arise TV. I had not heard of Arise TV and did not know it was owned
    by a Nigerian or indeed that it had any association with Nigeria. At
    the time of giving the TV interview, I was of the understanding that it
    would be broadcast by Sky News in the UK.

    On Mr Obiagbena, I have not met him or ever been contacted by him.

    Many Nigerians find it extremely
    difficult to understand how the former Chief of the Army Staff, Lt. Gen.
    Ihejirika, who actually fought Boko Haram elements and was accused of
    genocide could be linked with sponsoring the violent group.

    It is much easier to understand Mr Sheriff’s
    alleged association with Boko Haram than any association of Mr
    Ihejirika. Mr Sheriff was said to have a long history of promoting
    groups to assist in his past efforts to win the governorship of Borno
    State. On 29 July 2009, there was a confrontation with security
    officers at Mamudo Village, along Potiskum/Damaturu Road, Yobe. 33 JAS
    members were killed. Later that night, there was a long battle with
    combined security operatives at Railway Terminus, Maiduguri, Borno
    State. Scores were killed and the JAS operational base was destroyed.
    Yusuf was subsequently captured by the military and handed over to the
    police. The JAS alleged that it was on Sheriff’s orders that Yusuf was
    executed in Maiduguri on 30 July 2009. Shekau was presumed killed in the
    same battle and a corpse was identified as that of Shekau. Thus the
    remaining JAS leaders made it clear their intention was to kill Sheriff
    and so it is right that Sheriff claims he is a victim of JAS. The Boko
    Haram we see today is not the JAS that was operational under Yusuf.
    Shekau emerged in mid-2010 and publicly claimed the leadership of a
    reinvigorated JAS.

    Shekau formed Ansaru which he used for
    kidnapping and beheading victims. This behaviour was a major departure
    from the original mandate of the JAS which was to purify Islam and
    return it to the behaviour example in the life of the Prophet. Many
    among the JAS leadership are no longer active and others have been
    killed. This has allowed Shekau to take the JAS to more extreme action
    and expanded the kidnapping, bombing and slaughtering. The Boko Haram we
    have today is a much expanded Ansaru. What we see now is not the
    Yusufiya which wanted very much to settle scores with Sheriff. It is
    Boko Haram as a partner to ISIS and Al Shabaab.

    Now I will offer an opinion as to the motives
    of the sponsors of Boko Haram. The political sponsors of Boko Haram
    seem to think that they can use Boko Haram to terrorise Nigeria to
    demonstrate that the current government cannot ensure the security of
    Nigerian citizens both Muslim and Christian. Therein the sponsors assume
    they can undermine any efforts of the current government to be
    re-elected in 2015. Herein lies the flaw for the conflict and
    instability currently being fanned suits the aims of Al Qa’eda and the
    architects of terrorism. Should the sponsors of Boko Haram win
    government in 2015, they will likely find that they cannot turn Boko
    Haram off or that Boko Haram will demand control of at least Borno State
    in return for reducing their attacks. Borno State may be just the
    beginning of an expanding caliphate.

    Several Boko Haram commanders and other
    persons close to and respected by Boko Haram have told me the names of
    some of the sponsors of Boko Haram. They have also described how some
    funds are transferred and arms made available. I have made public some
    of that information. I have also been told by some commanders that if
    one of the sponsors is arrested, they will surrender, release the girls
    and give information on the sponsors. Not all Boko Haram commanders
    will follow this lead but it may be a firm step towards dismantling or
    at least isolating Boko Haram.

    • redeem

      clear as day-light that the interview was doctored by the Publisher of Thisday for APC–the truth is gradually coming out———————–Obiagbena is a business man who can sell his own mother————–

      • the truth

        we are slowly dancing skelewu to 2015.jonatharian disease is here to stay, symptoms include hatred for jonathan, sympathetic to boko haram, hatred for southerners, card carrying member of boko haram political wing apc, but we have a cure, just hug the nearest phcn transformer.lol. they would crumble slowly

  • lukman

    Mr Aribisala was wrong on Jesus’ kind of prayer. Each time Jesus met someone in need and whose need is obvious to him,Jesus still went ahead to ask what the needy person wants. So, Jesus confirms our wish(es)

    Also,the prayer of Jesus on the cross to God for those who crucified him is,Father,forgive them for they know not what they do. Mr Aribisala,why do you choose to lie against Jesus?

    Jesus even taught us how and what to pray in the book of matthew. And none of the prayer was,Father,kill him.

  • Brandon Landry

    Amazing, incisive, blunt and concise analysis of true gospel!

  • tiiye

    The Bible, and Christianity and other religions have become tools for systemic human alchemy