Gunmen suspected to be Fulani militias have killed three persons and abducted two others at Gwa-Pwana hamlet of Vwang District in Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State.
It was gathered that the gunmen numbering about twenty stormed the village at about 11:00 pm on Tuesday, December 1, and shot sporadically towards different directions to announce their arrival.
The vigilante members in the community could not wade off the attack as a result of the superior arms of the gunmen. A vigilante and two other persons were gunned down during the attack while two persons inclluding a woman was kidnapped.
Barrister Dalyop Solomon Mwantiri of Emancipation Centre for Crisis Victims in Nigeria-(ECCVN) who confirmed the incident on Wednesday, December 2, gave the names of the deceased as Kumai Joseph Swanta, 28, a vigilante member, Mr. Davou Mwanti, 59 and Mr. Dalyop Davou, 70, a family head of 11 children, while Mrs. Adogoke Ololade Olufunke was reportedly abducted by the assailants.
In an interview with ECCN, Mr. Santwa Mr. Santwa, whose son was among those killed, said “we were at home with my family at about 8:22pm, and my son, Joseph was sleeping in his room. Suddenly, there were heavy gunfire that alerted the deceased and I. He was reluctant to go out, but I urged him not to remained indoor in such a circumstance thus, we went out in different directions for possible intervention” he said.
Mr. Santwa added that, “despite being unarmed, we felt going out might help out the situation so that the attackers would withdraw seen people coming out, but on getting close to where the attackers were releasing bullets, just some metres away, I spotted closely to be Fulani herdsmen shooting. Before then, we found out a Bakery House was making production using power Generator which made a lot of noise,”
“My son rushed there by the fence and asked the workers to switched off the power generating machine, for there was an attack. The machine was immediately off. Unknown to him, the attackers had already spotted his movement. When coming out, they went after him with heavy fire and shot him dead. I narrowly escaped the onslaught as the invaders grouped themselves into 4, strategically positioned so that no one can dare them. That’s how I saw them shooting at me from a very close range, but I manageably escape with bruises not of gunshots but crawling to escape.”
Mrs. Shetu Davou, aged 62, a wife of one of the deceased persons lamented the demise of her husband who was the breadwinner of the family of 12 including herself.
“He was a watchman killed at his duty post. We had always depend on him for every material need from his earnings, but he is no more today, leaving us to fend for ourselves. I don’t know what to do now” she said, adding that she lost one of her children in a similar attack in 2011.
One of the residents who pleaded anonymity commended the response of personnel of Police Divisional Headquarters of K-Vom for arriving the village and engaged the attackers in serious exchange of gunfire despite the heavy weapons used by the gunmen.
“It’s worthy of noting that the Police Force, after repelling the attackers amidst the tense security atmosphere, they were able to evacuate the corpses to Plateau State Specialist Hospital, Jos, from where two of the three corpses were taking for burial while other will be done when date is fixed,” said Barrister Mwantiri.
Mwantiri further said; “To curb down the continued attacks, killings and abductive routinely perpetrated by Fulani herdsmen as witnessed in the area and other neighboring villages, K-Vom, especially Gura-Pwana hamlet, an appea is hereby made to appropriate bodies concerned to make that hamlet a security flashpoint with not only deployment of Mobile Police personnel permanently stationed, but also arming vigilante and other local security outfits to enable them have arms for possible counter in an eventful recurrence of similar development.”