Three people were killed by unknown gunmen in troubled Barkin-Ladi and Riyom local government areas, Plateau State, yesterday after 10 people were shot dead at a drinking joint on Monday.
Two of the latest victims reports say were ambushed at Sho village, on their way to the farm on a motorbike. Another farmer, identified as Monday Davou, was killed at Rantwol-Sopp in Riyom council, also on his way to the farm.
While confirming the killings, Chairman of Barkin-Ladi council, Mr. Emmanuel Loman said the assailants, suspected to be Fulani herdsmen, launched the attack on Sho village, adding that the two slain farmers are his close relations.
The villagers who mobilised to take on the attackers reports say didn’t get to the scene on time as the gunmen had disappeared before they got there.
Meanwhile, the Plateau State Police Command has restricted the operation of drinking joints in the state to stem the spate of killings at such joints.
They are now to close by 7pm daily until further notice, while those in Barkin-Ladi and Riyom are to close by 6pm.
The Command in a statement signed its Public Relations Officer, DSP Abuh Emmanuel, said the move was to check the current trend of attacks on drinking joints in the state.
It urged members of the public to cooperate with the police and other security agencies to rid the state of criminal elements and encouraged them to go about their legitimate business as the Command was doing everything necessary to check the attacks.