Plateau State Governor declares curfew as herdsmen kill two soldiers, two policemen and 23 others

Two soldiers, two mobile policemen and about 23 others have been killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen during a fierce battle at Dung Kasa, Rafiki and Dutse Kura communities in Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State. Two civilians were killed with houses razed and cars burnt during an attack But the Nigerian Army, only confirmed the death of the two soldiers.

According to the Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Texas Chukwu, in a statement late on Wednesday, seven suspects had been arrested, while a number of weapons were recovered from them. The army said 23 dead bodies were also discovered in Mararaba Dare area as the herdsmen opened fire on the troops’ convoy and the residents. Chukwu said, “Troops of 3 Division Garrison, Jos arrested seven suspects and recovered weapons in the clash between Miango community and herdsmen at Rafiki village yesterday.

The Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Rufus Bature, in a statement after the meeting, said the state had declared curfew in Bassa Local Government Area of the state after consultation with security agencies. He added that the curfew would be within 6pm and 6am daily.