Unidentified gunmen have killed at least fourteen innocent residents in the Bwai and Chisu communities of Mangu local government area in Plateau State, Nigeria. The attack took place late Tuesday night, and the assailants also set fire to several homes and properties.
According to a resident named Bamshak Ishaya, the attack occurred at the residence of a community leader in Chisu village. People in the community heard gunshots and sought refuge at the leader’s house, but it was set ablaze. As of the reporting time, eleven burnt bodies have been recovered, and the search for more victims is ongoing. Additionally, in Bwai, the COCIN RCC Church and houses around the market were set on fire, resulting in further destruction.
Markus Artu, the Interim Management Committee Chairman of Mangu LGA, confirmed the attack but stated that he currently lacks detailed information about the incident. He is in the process of conducting an on-the-spot assessment to gather accurate facts and reports.
The Member representing Mangu South Constituency in the State Assembly, Bala Fwangje, also confirmed the attack, mentioning that Fulani herdsmen reportedly entered the Chisu and Bwai communities around 11 pm. He stated that about fourteen people were killed, and properties were destroyed, but he is still awaiting comprehensive details.
As of now, the Plateau State Command of the Nigeria Police Force has not issued an official statement regarding the attack.