Now fewer than 20 persons have been killed in the early hours of yesterday morning, following attacks in Zakupwang, Fan Village of Foron district of Barkin Ladi local government council of Plateau State by unknown gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen.
The attacks, our correspondent gathered, was said to have been carried out between the hours of 12 to 1am early yesterday morning.
Worried over the killings in the state, Governor Simon Lalong has set up a 14-man committee, seven each from the Berom and Fulani communities, to reconcile their differences towards lasting peace.
Confirming the sad incidence to newsmen, Istifanus Gyang, member representing Barkin-Ladi/Riyom Federal Constituency at the National Assembly, in a statement made available to newsmen yesterday and signed by him, condemned the incidence.
According to him, “we have received with shock the Killings of 20 persons early hours of yesterday through violent attacks on seven villages of Barkin-Ladi local government area.
“The renewed attacks are least expected at a time when concerted peace efforts and dialogue meetings are on-going between Berom and Fulani stakeholders.”
Gyang, while condemning the attacks, appealed to the Berom and Fulani stakeholders not to allow the unfortunate incidents defeat the on-going peace efforts, stressing that to do so will be of victory to those who do not want peace and have made blood letting their vocation and daily delight.
He further said, despite this set back, he remained committed to ensuring that Barkin-Ladi/Riyom Federal Constituency is rebranded from an axis of violence and bloodshed to one of peace and prosperity.
Hon Gyang also called on the Special Task Force, STF, to live up to its upgraded status of providing a safe haven for all communities in his constituency and the state at large.