Gunmen kill another monarch, four others in Plateau__Nigeria this week

Image provided by local Nigeria news services, fair use

By Charles Nwoke, Jos, Nigeria

News created on 06/10/2020

October 7, 2020

Unknown gunmen have reportedly killed five persons, including a traditional ruler in Wereng community of Riyom local government area of Plateau state.

According to reports, the gunmen stormed the village in the early hours of Tuesday and started shooting sporadically, leading to the killing of at least five persons.

Several others were said to be seriously injured.

However, the police was yet to confirm or issue a statement concerning the development as at the time of filing this report., TNG reports that the senator representing Plateau North Senatorial district, Istifanus Gyang had just last week, on the floor of the senate, lamented the incessant killing of monarchs by suspected killer herdsmen.

Coming under Order 43, the lawmaker lamented the killing of over ten traditional rulers across the state by the notorious herdsmen.

He said, “the latest is the killing of Gwom Rwei of Foron, His Royal Highness, Da Bulus Chuwang Jang, who was assassinated at his palace last week, and the burial is due for this Friday.

“Mr. President, this trend is quite disturbing, because not less than ten other traditional rulers have unfortunately suffered death through the same circumstances,” said Gyang.

“This development calls for the need for security to be tightened around our traditional rulers, to ensure that the increasing threat to their safety is averted.

“It is also unfortunate that just last week, five of our youths who were resting and having an evening out were brutally assassinated in Vom district, Jos South Local Government Area. All of these developments are providing increasing insecurity in my constituency.”

Gyang also made mention of the Plateau State and his constituency’s experiences with the rashes of violence.

“Plateau State and my constituency which had experienced the return of peace is suddenly again being visited with these very ugly attacks. And of course, it is common knowledge that the attackers are suspected to be killer herdsmen,” said Gyang.

“This is very disturbing in a nation where we need to be our brother’s keeper.”