Plateau community challenges police as gunmen kill 10, burn 30 houses

The Plateau State Police Command has confirmed that 10 persons were killed while 30 houses were burnt down by gunmen who attacked Te’egbe Community, Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State in the early hours of Friday.

In a statement issued on Friday by its spokesman, Ubah Ogaba, the police command said, “On 26/11/2021 at about 0130hrs, the command received a report of an attack by yet to be identified gunmen at Te’egbe village of Bassa LGA of the state.

“Upon receipt of the report, the Commissioner of Police, Plateau State Command, CP Bartholomew Onyeka, psc(+), immediately drafted tactical team of the command to the scene to avert further attack.

“Unfortunately, 10 persons were killed and about 30 houses set ablaze by the attackers.

“The Commissioner of Police further led other senior officers of the command to the scene for an on the spot assessment and to console with the victims of the attack.

“The CP directed that discreet investigation be carried out and assured the community of his readiness to fish out the perpetrators of this barbaric act.”

Meanwhile, the Irigwe ethnic nationality, the indigenous natives of the attacked community, have expressed disappointment with the security agents whom they accused of failing to protect the people despite have prior knowledge of the attack.

The people expressed their feelings over the killings in a statement on Friday signed by their Secretary General, Danjuma Auta.

Auta said, “Once again, the Irigwe nation has to write this statement stating our pain concerning the renewed orchestrated attacks on our people for no any reason having enjoyed some relative peace that lasted for some weeks now.

“Just last week, we read on social media the threat sent in by Fulani herders to the military stationed at Ancha, asking them to allow for free grazing in and around all communities in Irigwe land or be made to face the worst.

The statement noted that ‘although the military dismissed such threat, but the marauders made right their claims as they attacked Ancha village on Tuesday 23th November 2021 and killed two people’.

It said, “Again these same Fulani herders attacked the village of Ta’agbe and as at now, we have already established the death of 11 people while the search is ongoing.

“We are worried because time without number, we had met at different fora with the Fulani community that we know and had promised to embrace peace but with the renewed attacks on our innocent citizens, we wonder if the peace accord entered is anything to hold to.

“As far as the Irigwe nation has embraced peace and also ready to continue to pursue the path of peace with everyone, however, we’ll not close our eyes to the deceit that we are witnessing today.”

The statement added, “If those who are saddled with the constitutional responsibility of protecting us feel overwhelmed and can no longer guarantee us our safety anymore, they should come out publicly and tell Nigerians.

“Our people are beginning to lose confidence on any security outfit since even their presence could not stop, arrest or neutralise the attackers. This speaks volumes of how endangered our people have become.

“Nigerians should know that nobody has the monopoly of violence and since this attacks have been taking place, no single Fulani hamlet has been attacked by an Irigwe man.”

The people pleaded with the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd,), to come to their rescue before it’s too late.

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