At least 23 people were feared killed while 50 other were hospitalised when people suspected to be mercenaries stormed seven Berom villages of Barkin Ladi local government area of Plateau State in what an eyewitness described as a cordinated attack.
LEADERSHIP-SUNDAY investigations revealed that the attack was carried out in Gashish district of Barkin Ladi LGA.
Villages attacked include Kakuruk, Kuzen Ngyo, Kogoduk, Ruk and Dogo that were said to have come under heavy military like gunfire. The suspected gunmen were said to have been dressed in bullet-proof vests and army camouflage.
A source who does not want his name in print told LEADERSHIP SUNDAY that several people were left dead including a mobile police officer attached to the Special Task Force (STF) on Jos crisis.
Hon.Gyang Fulani, the member representing Barkin Ladi constituency in the Plateau State House of Assembly, confirmed the attack in a telephone chat with LEADERSHIP SUNDAY.
According to him, more than 23 people were left dead when Fulani mercenaries stormed six villages in Gashish district of the state in large number at about midnight and shot sporadically.
He said that so many people were injured in the process while some houses were burnt by the assailants.
Similarly, the member representing Barkin Ladi/Riyom Federal Constituency in the National Assembly, Hon. Simon Mwadkwon, said 20 bodies had so far recovered.
He lamented the incessant attacks on the innocent people of his constituency.
The police public relations officer of the Plateau State Police command, ASP Abu Emmanuel, confirmed that there were attacks on some villages in Barkin Ladi LGA of the state.
He said he couldn’t give casualty figure as they were in the villages that were attacked trying to calm down the restive youth with a view to restoring normalcy in the area.
In the same vein, the media officer of the Special Task Force (STF) on Jos crisis, Captain Salisu Mustapher said when they got information on the attack on some villages in Barki Ladi LGC they went to the area to repeal the attack, noting that some arrests had been made.