23 civilians and two soldiers were killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen on Wednesday after the herders opened fire on troops convoy responding to distress calls from locals in Miango community, Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State.
Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Texas Chukwu, in a statement said 7 suspects were arrested and weapons were recovered after the attack.
Below is the full statement:
“Troops of 3 Division Garrison Jos Plateau State arrested 7 suspects and recovered weapons in the clash between Miango community and herdsmen at Rafiki Village on Wednesday 14 March 2018. The troops responded to distress calls to the clash reported by locals.
“As troops moved in to settle the dispute, the herdsmen opened fire on troops convoy. 2 soldiers paid the supreme price. 7 suspects were arrested in connection with the clashes.
“While conducting search, troops discovered 23 dead bodies at Mararaba Dare shortly before Rafiki Village and many civilians were wounded. 2 other soldiers wounded are receiving medical attention at 3 Division Military Hospital and Medical Services. They are stable.
“Weapons recovered include one Ak 47 assault rifle with 26 rounds of 7.62mm special and One locally made single barrel loaded with 15 rounds.
“Troops have intensified patrol within the general area to forestall further break down of law and other.
Governor declares curfew
Following the attack, Governor Simon Lalong called an emergency security meeting and declared dusk to dawn curfew.
The Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Rufus Bature, in a statement 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.
Bature called on the affected communities to embrace peace, assuring them that efforts were on to unravel the immediate and remote causes of the problem.
“Consequently, security agencies in area have been mandated to enforce the curfew.
“Law abiding citizens are advised go about their lawful businesses,’’ he said.