Gravedigger shot dead in Plateau

A 34-year-old man, sent to dig a grave, was ambushed and killed, in the early hours of Tuesday in Rim, Riyom Local Government Area of Plateau, a lawmaker in the area said.

The man was reportedly shot alongside another victim who survived the attack.

A member of the Plateau State House of Assembly representing Riyom, Daniel Dem, disclosed this to journalists in Jos shortly after he visited the scene of the incident.

According to the lawmaker, the second victim, who survived with gunshot, was hospitalised at the Vom Christian Hospital, Jos south council area.

Mr. Dem said the victims were attacked near a church.

“We had a corpse that was being prepared for burial this morning so the (gravedigger) who died was asked to find a place near the church where the grave would be dug,” Mr. Dem said.

He added that the deceased died on the spot, after he was shot, and the shooter escaped.

“It is sad that the biological father of the victim, who died in the incident, was killed about a month ago in a similar way,” Mr. Dem said. “(The deceased) was about 34 years old, married with three children. The second victim, who survived, was behind the first so the bullet got him in the leg. The incident destabilized morning worship of the residents, as everyone ran for safety.”

Mr. Dem said the Special Taskforce on Jos crisis, STF, visited the scene after the attack.

The state police could not be immediately reached.

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