Nigerian Senator Dantong Dalyop Killed in Plateau

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Senator Dantong Dalyop

It’s a sad day for Nigeria today as Senator Dantong Dalyop of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) representing Plateau North died during an attack by unidentified gunmen while he and other lawmakers attended the burial ceremony of the victims of Saturday’s violence in Plateau.

Some unconfirmed reports also said about 20 people were killed in the funeral attack.

The majority leader and chief whip of the Plateau State house of Assembly, Hon. Gyang Fulani, who represents Barkin Ladi constituency in Jos was also died in the attack.

Witnesses and colleagues of the politicians said the two were killed by the gunmen, but a military spokesman later claimed that they had both died from shock.

Hon. Simon Mwadkwon, a member of the House of Representatives was critically injured as a result of the attack.

The Plateau State commissioner of Information, Abraham Yiljap confirmed the shooting in a statement.

The three were attending today’s mass burial ceremony of the many people who lost their lives in Barkin Ladi when violence broke out between Fulani herdsmen and Berom tribesmen on Saturday.

The burial ceremony was just concluded when heavily armed unidentified gunmen disguised in military uniform surprised the mourners, shooting at the senator and other officials from close range.

Fulani herdsmen were blamed for the violence, but they denied involvement.

“It was a horrible sight, people ran helter-skelter as the gunmen continued to shoot,” a witness said.

Senator Dantong Dalyop was until his death, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Health.

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8 COMMENTS

  1. Human comfort is temporary, but may the Lord God Almighty grant the family, Nigerian and the Nation permanent comfort and fortitude(resilience) to bear the loss of an icon who die will serving there father land

  2. at least they have startd killing thier own senators..i hope this imbecile president will attend the burial and probably get shot at too…are they not the one buyng them the guns.r were fulani or cattle rearer see Gun by?… the story continues….

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