By Michael Olugbode in Maiduguri
A fresh attack launched by suspected Fulani herdsmen on Bokkos community of Bokkos Local Government Area of Plateau State has left two persons dead and a few others injured.
House of Assembly member representing Bokkos Constituency in the state House of Assembly, Titus Ayuba Alams, who confirmed the incident, gave the names of the victims as Mangut Dakwan and Magit Manaseh.
A member of a vigilante group in the community who also confirmed it said, “the armed men suspected to be Fulanis herdsmen in Riyas Village opposite Plateau State University (PLASU), Bokkos invaded the village at midnight.”
He said the attackers, armed to the teeth and numbering about 15 surrounded the village at midnight and shot severally into the air.
The vigilante group were said to have confronted the invaders and engaged them in gun duel, which resulted in the death of the two members of the vigilante.
It was also gathered that the herdsmen in the village had moved two days earlier, giving credit to the belief that they might be behind the attack.
Spokesman of the Special Task Force (STF) in Jos, Capt Mdahyelyah Markus, who also confirmed the attack, attributed it to cattle rustling.
He said: “The case of Bokkos is a case of cattle rustling; some yet to be identified gun men came to rustle cattle and in the process killed two members of the community. The gunmen also succeeded in rustling some cows but the number of cows stolen cannot be immediately ascertained. We are still investigating the matter.”
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