* Pastor’s wife, 2 children, grandson murdered

By Taye Obateru , Jos

The relative peace of  Plateau State  was disrupted again yesterday after  an attack on Mazah village in Jos North Local Government Area which left at least seven people dead.

Several others were injured by the assailants alleged by the villagers to be Fulanis, when they stormed the hilly village to unleash violence at about 1.am while the unsuspecting villagers were fast asleep.

Some houses including the Church of Christ of Nigeria (COCIN) in the village were torched. The reason for the attack could not be immediately ascertained but the villagers said  they had been living peacefully with their neighours

Recounting his ordeal, pastor of the burnt COCIN Church, the Reverend Nuhu Dawat whose wife, two children and a grandson were murdered  said he heard a knock on his door at about 1.am but found nobody when he opened the door.

He said he later began to hear sporadic gunshots which forced him to escape through the back door to take refuge in a farm. By the time he returned he met his wife and the three children  hacked to death.

“I watched as the attackers broke into houses and went after those who ran out of their houses with dangerous weapons”, he said.

Another resident, Adam Bala said “We were sleeping when we heard some movements. We cannot say exactly why they came to attack us. This incident happened between 1.am and 2.am. They came in with weapons and attacked some targeted houses.

”The personal house and family house of the councilor representing Mazah Ward Hon. Kankani Jaja were burnt, his parents and son killed, the COCIN church in the village was vandalized, the Pastor’s house burnt, his wife, child and mother murdered while another boy in the village was also murdered”.

Also speaking to journalists, another victim, Gaya Suna who lost his only daughter said he had to escape into the bush but his daughter who was deep asleep was hacked by the assailants.

District Head of the Area, Mr. Abamu Kaiwa said they made frantic calls for assistance but none came until the attackers left adding that those injured had been taken to the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) for treatment.

President of Anaguta Youth Movement, Bagudu Haruna alleged that Fulani herdsmen carried out the attack adding that one of them had been arrested.

Media and Public Relations Officer of the Special Task Force maintaining security in the state, Lt. Col. Kingsley Umoh described the incident as unfortunate adding that efforts were on to ascertain the identity of the attackers.


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