Fulani kill pregnant woman, 7-year-old daughter, two others in Plateau State

by Masara Kim, Jos


A pregnant woman, Rifkatu Friday, was killed along with her seven-year-old daughter, Ladi, in Zanwhra village, Miango District of Bassa County, on 27 June.


An 86-year-old man, Minchwe Gado, was also killed in the evening attack, which left two others, Lami Bitrus and Friday Bitrus, severely injured.


In nearby Riyom County, a middle age Christian farmer, Bitrus Manzere, was killed near a military station.

President of Irigwe Development Association Robert Ashi said a Fulani man was identified among the assailants. 


“According to eyewitnesses, a known Fulani gunman by the name of Hashimu Hudu, or Terry G., was the leader of the attack,” said Robert in a text message.


Solomon Dalyop, a human rights lawyer, said Bitrus was ambushed by herdsmen at about 8pm on 28 June on the Makera–Jol village road, “a few metres from Sector 6 Headquarters of Operation Safe Haven (military taskforce)”.


Musa Agah, a representative of Irigwe/Rukuba constituency in the Plateau State House of Assembly, confirmed the attack in Zanwhra saying the “coordinated attacks” are aimed at “land grabbing”.