In a horrifying incident, suspected gunmen unleashed a wave of violence in Barkin-Ladi local government area of Plateau State, resulting in the death of six individuals and the destruction of numerous houses. The assailants, believed to have occupied the rock of Ropp, launched simultaneous attacks on the villages of Kai, Rapyam, Nding Sesut, and Lohalla in the Fan District of Barkin-Ladi on Sunday morning.
According to eyewitnesses, the coordinated attacks began at approximately 5:30 am, leaving several houses engulfed in flames and causing significant loss of life. Gabriel Musa, a resident of Fan, recounted the harrowing events and revealed that the casualties could have been even higher if not for the swift response of local hunters and vigilantes who bravely confronted the invaders.
The attacks also involved the rustling of over 100 cows, exacerbating the sense of terror and insecurity in the affected communities. In response to the escalating violence, the authorities of Mangu Council have imposed a curfew in the troubled areas, aiming to restore calm and protect the residents.
Efforts to obtain a statement from Plateau State Police spokesman, DSP Alfred Alabo, were unsuccessful at the time of reporting. The police are expected to provide more information regarding the incident and their ongoing efforts to apprehend the perpetrators.
The incident has once again highlighted the precarious security situation in Plateau State and the urgent need for enhanced measures to safeguard the lives and property of the local population. The attacks represent a grave threat to the peace and stability of the region, necessitating a comprehensive response from the security agencies and the government.
Plateau State has been grappling with persistent incidents of violence and banditry, causing immense suffering for innocent residents and hindering the socio-economic development of the area. It is imperative for all stakeholders, including the government, security agencies, and local communities, to collaborate closely in addressing the root causes of these attacks and ensuring the restoration of lasting peace.
As investigations into the Barkin-Ladi attacks continue, residents remain on edge, hoping for swift action from the authorities to bring the culprits to justice. The imposition of the curfew by Mangu Council is a vital step towards reestablishing order and safeguarding the lives of the local population.