The Punch

Motorists stranded as Plateau communitie­s protest herdsmen’s serial killings

- James Abraham, Jos

MOTORISTS were on Wednesday stranded on the Jos-abuja Road within the Riyom Local Government Area of Plateau State as angry protesters blocked the road over incessant attacks by gunmen suspected to be herdsmen.

PUNCH Metro gathered that the latest protest followed an attack on Kum community by the gunmen, which led to the killing of two vigilantes, identified as Titus John and Ilya Dalyop.

The lawmaker representi­ng Riyom Constituen­cy in the Plateau State House of Assembly, Timothy Dantong, confirmed the killing of the two men to our correspond­ent in Jos on Wednesday.

He said, “Kum community has been facing constant threat of attack by herdsmen, but they never succeeded.

“We have been talking to the STF about the situation, but surprising­ly, the STF personnel withdrew from the community on Sunday and when we enquired to know the reason for their action, the STF said members of the community were harassing them.

“A few hours after their withdrawal, the herdsmen militia surrounded the whole community, but with the interventi­on of other neighbouri­ng communitie­s, their planned attacks on the people were repelled without any casualty. But on Tuesday night, the herdsmen militia regrouped and killed two villagers.”

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