Army arrest 7 persons for massacre plateau, lost 2 soldiers

Glen Mclaughlin
March 16, 2018

Gen. Texas Chukwu, late Wednesday, said seven suspects had been arrested, while a number of weapons were recovered from them.

Two soldiers were reportedly killed after troops responded to a distress call in Rafiki village over clashes between villagers in Miango community and herdsmen. Sunday Abdu, said suspected Fulani herdsmen swooped on the community Monday night and attacked everything in sight for hours, leaving at least 24 persons dead in the aftermath.

A statement by the Nigerian Army said that 23 dead bodies were also discovered at Mararaba Dare shortly before Rafiki Village with many civilians were wounded.

"As troops moved in to settle the dispute, the herdsmen opened fire on them". 2 soldiers paid the supreme price.

"Two other soldiers who were injured are being treated in the hospital".

Meanwhile, the state government has declared a curfew in Bassa Local Government Area of the state as a result of the attack. "Troops have intensified patrol within the general area to forestall further break down of law and other." .

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A statement by the government said the 6 pm to 6 am curfew follows the attack in the morning in Dong and Rafiki communities led to the loss of lives and destruction of property.

"Consequently, security agencies in area have been mandated to enforce the curfew".

The development was confirmed by the Special Task Force providing security in Plateau State, the Plateau State Police Command and the Irigwe Development Association.

"One person is missing".

Terna also confirmed that twenty five people were killed in the attack and two injured.

The President, however, believes that the government alone can not guarantee peace and that traditional rulers are critical to the sustenance of peace and order in the country.

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