BY MARIE-THERESE NANLONG
JOS — Nine members of a family were allegedly killed in the early hours of yesterday in Kukek village of Barkin Kogi, Foron District in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State.
Suspected Fulani cow rustlers were said to have attempted to steal cows belonging to one Baba Tsok Gwom, the victim, whose entire family members were wiped out.
According to a source in the village, the suspected Fulani men killed the family of nine with guns and machetes.
The source said the rustlers were about leaving with the cows when the villagers saw them and mobilised to attack. 12 of the Fulani men were said to have been killed.
Meanwhile, the state’s Commissioner for Information, Yiljap Abraham and the Interim Administrator of Barkin Ladi Local Government, Mr. Habila Dung, said they heard about the attack, but could not give details as they were on their way to the scene.
Dung said: “I received a distress call about the attack and I have immediately alerted security agents. I am also on my way to the scene and will talk to you when I am back.”
However, Special Task Force, STF, and the State Police Command did not confirm the story because STF’s spokesman, Captain Salisu Mustapha was said to be away.
Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Felicia Anselm, said the Police are in the village to see things for themselves before giving the true picture.