Military confirm 2 dead in renewed Plateau attacks

Not fewer than two students of the Plateau State University Bokkos, have been confirmed dead, after they attack Fulani settlements, joint security taskforce spokesman Major Samson Zhakom, has said.

Major Zhakom told Blueprint that a student of the University was on Thursday killed during midnight attack on Chikang village by unknown gunmen.

He said this sparked protest by other students who burnt the security checkpoint close to the university.

“The students protested the killing of one them during an attack at Chikang village on 18 April 24. The students during the protest burnt down troops’ checkpoint in PLASU,” he said.

Major Zhakom said the protecting students went on attacking Fulani settlements.

“The angry students marched to invade Fulani settlements in Bagaraje village close to the general area and were attacked by suspected militias resulting in the death of one student, and another injured,” he said.

According to him, the immediate intervention of troops led to the rescue of the students while the assailants were repelled by the troops.

“OPSH urge the students to manage their anger and caution them against burning down security checkpoints made available to checkmate any form of attack and allow security agencies respond swiftly to security threats,” he said.

Major Zhakom said normalcy has since returned to the area while troops have continued to dominate the environment to prevent further breakdown of law and order.

In a related development, Major Zhakom said troops received a distress call of an attack in Tilengpaat village under Pushit district in Mangu LGA and moved swiftly to the scene.

“The troops engaged the attackers and were forced to flee with many sustaining gunshot. The timely intervention of troops limited the casualties. However, troops are in pursuit of the attackers and they would hunted down,” he said.