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Gunmen invade school, kill teachers, shoot VP, others


By Isa Abdulsalami Ahovi, Jos

• BYM condemns killing, seeks ban on open grazing

Gunmen suspected to be killer herdsmen have sent two teachers to the great beyond and injured the Vice Principal (VP) of BECO Comprehensive School, Kwi, in Riyom Local Council of Plateau State.

Riyom, Mangu, and Barakin-Ladi local councils had been under attacks by gunmen in the past three months, leading to deaths and destruction of properties, including farmlands.

Guardian Newspapers reports that the Principal of the school, MrDantoro Gyang, who confirmed the attack, said staff of the school were on routine meeting about 2.00p.m., on Monday, when some herdsmen led their cows into the premises for grazing, and were confronted by the security men on duty.

According to him, while the security men interrogated them, the staff came out of the meeting to see what was happening.

He said: “While we were trying to engage them on the need to vacate the school premises, two of them suddenly brought out guns, pulled the triggers and instantly killed two of my teachers, while the Vice Principal (Administration), Mr Dalyop Ibrahim, and one other were shot in the abdomen.

“As I speak, one of the injured is receiving treatment at General Hospital, Riyom, while the vice principal was taken to Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH).”

BEROM Youth Moulders Association (BYM) has described the attack as terrorism.

President of BYM, Solomon Dalyop, said until open grazing is banned, the herdsmen would continue to terrorise the people of the state and the Middle Belt as a whole.

He told journalists, yesterday, that he could not talk much because what happened was touching and sad.

Spokesman for Plateau State Police Command, DSP Alfred Alabo, said that the command sympathised with the victims, promising to get back to journalists as soon as details of the dastardly act were known.

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