Seven herders were killed by gunmen Thursday evening in Chol Village, Jos South Local Government Area, Plateau State.
The attack also resulted in the death of more than 40 cattle.
The spokesman of the State Police Command, ASP Ubah Gabriel, confirmed the attack, explaining that, “On 1/7/2021, the Plateau State Police Command received a report of an attack in the Chol Village Vwang District of Jos South LGA by unknown armed men.
“Unfortunately, six people and five cows were shot dead. Immediately, STF sector 6 personnel and policemen were deployed to the location to beef up security. The perpetrators of the act are being tracked down and brought to justice.”
Abdulkarim Bayero, chairman of Coalition for Fulani Group in Nigeria, who was at Bukur Central Mosque where the corpses were brought for burial, explained that both security personnel and units from Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) attended the funeral, adding that the corpses were evacuated as well.
Six days prior to the attack, a herder was killed in Byie Village of the Riyom Local Government Area in the State and another was injured.
Even though the state has made a number of attempts to stop violence and killings of innocent people, many attacks have occurred.
According to Abdullahi Jubrin, the father of one of the deceased, the incident occurred while the victims were rearing their cattle.
Unexpectedly, a J5 Peugeot pulled up and dropped some gunmen who began shooting sporadically.
Despite their best efforts, the deceased were unable to escape the shooting.
Seven herders were killed by the gunmen. A 15-year-old boy was the only survivor. More than 40 cattle were also killed by the gunmen. The victims were just grazing when they were killed. After committing the atrocity, the attackers left the scene,” he said.