Plateau boils again with 8 Fulanis killed, 95 houses burnt
- Violence suspected to be politically motivated
Eight people were killed and 95 houses burnt when attackers invaded Abonong and Zayit communities in Foron District of Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau.
According to Mr Terna Tyopev, spokesman of the Police Command in the State, the attackers hit the community in the early hours of Wednesday.
He said that 310 cows were also rustled, while three other persons were severely injured.
“When we received information that Abonong and Zayit communities were being attacked, we quickly mobilised and rushed to the affected areas.
“But, when we approached the areas, the attackers sighted us and took to their heels.
“When we eventually entered the attacked settlements, we found that eight persons were killed, 95 houses burnt, while 310 cows were stolen,” he said.
Tyopev said that the bandits also stole food stuff and and destroyed properties worth millions of naira.
“As we speak, security has been beefed up in the areas to forestall further attacks,” he said.
A source in the State said the violence was parr of a grand plot by politicians to further destabilize the State ahead of 2019 general elections