BY GODWIN OBI
No fewer than 17 farmers have been reportedly killed in a fresh attack on Ancha village in Miango District, Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State, North-Central Nigeria by gunmen suspected to be armed herdsmen.
The attack which took place from Tuesday night into the early hours of Wednesday also left many others injured with several houses set ablaze.
Spokesperson of the Irigwe Development Association, Davidson Malison while confirming the incident to ait.live in Jos, the Plateau State capital said the attackers invaded the community while the villagers were mourning the death of one of them who was earlier killed.
Meanwhile, the Special Task Force “Operation Safe Haven” said it received a distress call of an attack on Ancha community in Bassa LGA in the late hours of Tuesday and troops responded swiftly as they were mobilised to the village, but on arrival, the attackers had fled the scene.
A statement signed by the spokesperson of the Special Task Force, Major Ishaku Takwa, says houses were destroyed and some villagers killed during the attack.
As at the time of filing in this report, tension was mounting in the community as the bodies are being recovered.
In a related development, Gunmen had on Tuesday abducted mother of the Minority Leader, of Kano State House of Assembly, Isiyaku Danja at about midnight of Tuesday.
Sources said the armed men entered the residence of Zainab Danja in Gezawa Local Government Area forcing her out and taken her away.
The lawmaker, Isiyaku Danja confirmed the abduction to journalists on Wednesday, noting that the abductors are yet to establish communication with the family.
Isiyaku Danja, is the former Speaker of the Kano State House of Assembly and member representing Gezawa State Constituency.