LAGOS: Herders are believed to have killed 25 villagers in central Nigeria’s Plateau state, police said on Wednesday, in the latest violence linked to land, water and grazing rights. The killings happened on Monday in the Bassa area of Plateau state, just a few days after at least five people were killed in the area.
“The people were returning to Zirechi (village) from Dundun when they were attacked by gunmen believed to be Fulani herdsmen,” state police commissioner Undie Adie said. “I can confirm that 25 villagers were killed while two were injured. A number of houses were also burnt down by the attackers,” he said. No arrests have yet been made, he said, adding: “The terrain is mountainous. The assailants had fled before police could (get) there. – AFP