Gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen have killed two persons and razed 20 houses in Bassa Local Government Area of Palteau state.
The national president Irigwe Development Association (IDA), Prince Robert Ashi, who confirmed the incident on Friday, said that two people were gunned down on Thursday and 20 houses burnt in a midnight raid by the gunmen in Laake village, Kwall District of the council area, Rigwe Chiefdom.
According to him, the gunmen, in their numbers swooped on Laake village at about 9.00 p.m. and went on a burning spree, leading to the death of two people identified as Joshau Wanga,42, and Ngweda Mali,76.
“The people of the village had retired to bed when the gunmen attacked the village at about 9.00 p.m. They killed two people, burnt down twenty houses and injured five persons. It is unfortunate that this kind of attack can take place when security men are trying to halt the orgy of killings in Irigwe land,” he said.
“Those who carried out this attack are still lurking around, many of them are on top of the hills around us but I don’t know why it is difficult for the security agencies to dislodge them.” he added.
The public relations officer of Iregwe Development Association (IDA), Davidson Malison, while narrating their ordeal said, “there is an agenda of ethnic cleansing on Rigwe people, and it will not triumph.”
The land has suffered alot and the damages are becoming unbearable. This the third day Rigwe nation has consecutively been attacked with less efforts to curb it by those saddled with the responsibility of protecting lives and properties of the citizenry,” he added.