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  • Updated: June 22, 2024

Two killed, one injured as gunmen attack Plateau community

Two killed, one injured as gunmen attack Plateau community

On Friday night, gunmen assaulted inhabitants of the Kparenke hamlet in the Miango District, Irigwe Chiefdom, Bassa local government area of Plateau State, killing two and injuring one.

The victims have been named as Friday Mangwa, 28, Deborah Monday, 40, and Keziah Friday, 20, who is now getting medical treatment at an unidentified facility.

DSP Alfred Alabo, spokesman for the State Police Command, and Major Samson Zhakom, spokesperson for Operation Safe Haven, could not be reached for comment since their phone numbers were unavailable at the time of publication, Vanguard noted. 

Sam Jugo, National Publicity Secretary of the Irigwe Development Association, IDA, verified the occurrence and conveyed the chiefdom's condolences. 

He said, “At about 10 p.m. on 21st June 2024 when law-abiding people retreated for rest, citizens of the dark world unleashed terror on innocent people, and in their wake, there were two deaths and one injured. 

“The event occurred at Kparenke village, between Kpara (Jebbu Miango) and Ariri village. Those killed are Mr Friday Mangwa, 28 years old, and Mrs Deborah Monday, 40 years old. 

“Mrs Keziah Friday, 20 years old, sustained severe injuries from multiple bullet wounds and is currently receiving medical attention at an undisclosed hospital. This news is despicable as it is unfortunate.

“The Rigwe Traditional Council, President and EXCO members of Irigwe Development Association, and indeed the entire Rigwe nation, condemn this act of wanton disregard for human lives and extant laws of nature, and our country.”

He called for "calm, moderation, and resort to civilised and traditional ways for redress and justice by everyone," stating, "We cannot afford to go back to the days of bloodletting. The Rigwe believe in the sacredness of life. We are one of the most peaceful, law-abiding advocates for peaceful coexistence, thus we should be seen advocating it come rain or shine."

Jugo comforts the relatives of the deceased by saying, "We are in this mourning mood together, and therefore we need to stand strong for values that promote peaceful cohabitation and reject those of anarchy and human suffering in all ramifications."

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