10 killed, 19 injured as gunmen invade Plateau cultural festival


April 04 (THEWILL) – At least 10 people have been killed and 19 others injured, after armed men launched an attack, during a cultural festival in the community of Chando Zerreci in the chiefdom of Irigwe of the zone of Bassa Local Government in Plateau State.

Irigwe Youth Movement National Publicity Secretary Lawrence Zango disclosed the development in a statement on Sunday.

Zango said the gunmen launched the attack on Saturday evening, during the annual ritual festival of “Zerreci”, which usually ushers them into the new agricultural season.

He said the injured were currently receiving treatment at Enos Hospital in Miango and called on government at all levels and security agencies to find a lasting solution to the relentless attacks which usually result in loss of life and property.

The statement reads: The National Leadership of the Irigwe Youth Movement (IYM) condemns the attack of the Irigwe people on their annual ritual festival “Zerreci”, the festival that will usher them into the rainy agricultural season.

“This group claimed they were attacked by herdsmen on Saturday evening around 11 p.m. in Chando Zerreci, Bassa Local Government, Plateau State.

“The Nigerian government has a responsibility to promote and protect human rights, including the right to life, and a duty to protect civilians from attack by taking effective measures to prevent and deter attacks on the Rigwe people.

“The government must urgently investigate the attack on Irigwe land, bring the perpetrators to justice and ensure that the families and other victims are adequately compensated.

“Brutal attacks on Rigwe communities are becoming rampant and frequent. This is unacceptable. The government must take more concrete action to protect lives and property in Rigwe Chiefdom and neighboring communities. »

Zango also called on the international community to come to the aid of the people, to support them and to address the enormous humanitarian challenges caused by the attacks.

Plateau police spokesman Uba Ogaba confirmed the attack, adding that the command had mobilized armed personnel to the scene to restore normality.

He called on people in the region and the Plateau in general to remain calm and law-abiding, adding that security agencies are working seriously to ensure their safety.

Darcy J. Skinner