Four people including a soldier were confirmed dead on Tuesday following a fresh attack in Riyom Council Area of Plateau state by gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen.
The soldier was attached to Operation Safe Haven saddled with the responsibility of restoring peace in the state.
Villagers said that over 300 herdsmen invaded the village, shooting indiscriminately and burning houses including a government-owned clinic in the community after they overpowered men of the vigilante group who tried to resist them.
Isaac Akinmoyede, the state police commissioner, confirmed the incident on Tuesday.
He said the security operatives, on arrival, exchanged gunfire with the attackers, who fled into the bush.
“We exchanged fire with the attackers as they climbed a hill and during that, an STF personnel was shot and killed. But we were able to ward off the attackers,” the official said.
Lawmaker representing Riyom Constituency in the Plateau State House of Assembly, Mr Timothy Datong, also confirmed the incident to newsmen.
Datong further disclosed that 54 houses were completely razed down by the attackers, leaving many villagers homeless
“The state of insecurity and spate of killings in communities across the state is alarming.
“Yesterday, at about 12 noon, Tubun Rong, a village in Ganawuri District in my constituency, was attacked and three persons, including a soldier, was killed.
“Fifty-four houses were also burnt down and farmlands destroyed by the attackers,” he said.