In one week, no fewer than 136 people were reported dead and 70 others kidnapped as suspected herdsmen shot through several communities in Plateau, Benue, and Edo States, burning over 100 houses and inflicting severe injuries on many persons.
Data gathered by Saturday Tribune showed that no fewer than 10 villages were attacked in Plateau State alone in which about 106 corpses were given a mass burial, while intensive search has been in full swing to recover corpses of others killed when the rampaging herdsmen struck the Plateau villages on Sunday night.
The chairman of Kanam Local Government Area of the state, Alhaji Dayyabu Garga, told Saturday Tribune that they had confirmed that the attack affected about 10 villages in Garga, comprising Kukawa, Gyanbawu, Dungur, Kyaram, Yelwa, Dadda, Wanka, Shuwaka, Gwammadaji, and Dadin Kowa, also some parts of Wase Local Government Area.
“As of the last count, no fewer than 106 bodies were given mass burial in my presence on Monday, while many more bodies are still being recovered from the bush and farms across the 10 affected villages.” He said.
Relations Of Abducted Train Passengers Attack Amaechi
RELATIVES and family members of the victims of last month’s train attack have attacked Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, for launching his presidential campaign while their relations are in terrorists’ captivity.
They also told the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) to suspend plans to resume train service.
Addressing a news conference in Kaduna on Friday, the chairman of the relations of the kidnapped victims, Dr Abdulfatai Jimoh, warned the Nigerian Railway Corporation against attempts to resume train services.
He said it would be counterproductive to resume services while their loved ones were still under captivity.
The family members knocked the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi for declaring his presidential ambition a few days after the train attack which claimed eight lives, with 26 injured and hundreds of others still in the custody of the terrorists.
While condemning his act, the family members maintained that it was most uncharitable that Amaechi, under whose watch the attack occurred as a minister, could only celebrate rather than resign after the attack.