POST TIME: 11 March, 2018 00:00 00 AM
At least 5 killed in central Nigeria: police

At least 5 killed in central Nigeria: police

LAGOS: Gunmen suspected to be herdsmen have killed at least five people in central Nigeria’s Plateau state, police said yesterday, in the latest violence linked to tensions over grazing rights, reports AFP.

Thursday’s attack happened just as President Muhammadu Buhari was rounding up a tour of Plateau and four other flashpoint states.

“The gunmen were believed to be herdsmen. They attacked some communities in Miango district and killed five people,” state police spokesman Terna Tyopev told AFP.

He said dozens of people were injured while many houses and properties were destroyed in the mayhem.

Local media said apart from the incident in Miango, six people were also killed at Ganda village in Bokkos local government area of the state.

The police could not immediately confirm the attack. Speaking to Nigeria’s Guardian newspaper, community leader, Matawa Mankut put the toll at six dead when cattle rearers invaded the village on Friday.