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BREAKING: Plateau imposes curfew as Fulani herdsmen attack 11 villages

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Several people were allegedly killed in Gashish and Ropp Districts of Plateau State on Sunday , during attacks that were carried out on about 11 communities by suspected Fulani herdsmen .Subsequently , the Plateau State Government has imposed a dusk -to – dawn curfew on Riyom , Barkin Ladi and Jos South Local Government Areas .

Although there were rumours that some soldiers might be missing, the Commander of the Special Military Taskforce code -named Operation Safe Haven , Major -General Anthony Atolagbe , said , “ it ’ s not true , no soldier died and no soldier is missing. ”

The decision , according to the government, was to avert further breakdown of law and order .

A terse statement issued on Sunday by the Secretary to the State Government , Rufus Bature, said the movement was restricted from 6 : 00 pm to 6 : 00 am , except for those on essential duties . ”

The attack was said to have been launched at Xland , Gindin Akwati , Ruku , Nghar , Kura Falls and Kakuruk all in Gashish District . The communities were completely sacked by the assailants , reports said .

Other areas affected by the attack included Rakok , Kok and Razat all in Ropp District .

The Chairman , Public Accounts and Petition Committee in Plateau State House of Assembly representing Barkin Ladi , Peter Gyendeng, in an interview with The PUNCH on Sunday , said the attack was “ a declaration of war ” on his constituency.

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He claimed that “ mercenaries” have been hired to come and kill people in Barkin Ladi LGA .

Gyendeng said , “ As a matter of fact , the casualty rate is in hundreds ; it is more than 100 . In one place , it is above 51 ; in another , over 32 and yet in another area , it is same .

“ For now , based on what we have on ground and the corpses that we have been receiving, it is probably over 200 casualties .

“ Altogether , about 11 villages were attacked and our people are there now trying to ascertain the number of deaths . The casualty rate is above 200 and counting ( of the corpses ) is still going on .

“ This is war , it is a declaration of war on my people . War has been declared on Barkin Ladi LGA completely .

“ There are mercenaries that have been hired to come and kill people in Barkin Ladi LGA .

“ The killing started around 11 : 00 pm last ( Saturday ) night till this ( Sunday ) morning. And the killing still continues . ”

When contacted , the spokesperson of the Plateau State Police Command , Matthias Tyopev , an Assistant Superintendent of Police , confirmed the killings to our correspondent , saying , “ 11 corpses have been recovered and no arrest has been made. ”

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He identified the 11 corpses as those of Dalyop Vanode , Dom Danladi , Bururu Wade , Joju Rala , Titus Danladi , Bitrus Malat , Alu Matir , Noron Monday , Cecilia Yohana , Dam Bulus and Ladi Danladi .

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