Two youths shot to death while riding on motorcycle behind military convoy in Plateau State

Two Plateau natives were on Sunday evening, killed near a military convoy, weeks after the Department of State Services alerted Special Task Force Officials of planned attacks.

Joseph Davou, 28, and Jerry Bitrus, 32, were riding on motorcycle along Rahoss-Rim road in Riyom Local Government area, closely behind a military convoy, when they were killed, it was gathered.

Village Head of Rim, Gyang Dahoro told Journalists on Monday, that Military Task Force Officials confirmed hearing gunshots during the attack, but did not intervene.

“They also confirmed going on patrol along that axis but said they left 2hrs before the attack,” Dahoro said.

Father of one of the victims, Davou Dachya, however, told Police authorities, that his son, Joseph, left home at about 6:30pm, riding behind a military patrol vehicle.

“His wife just put to bed and he came home to see her. He sold some crops to care for her and the baby but said he had a job in the city, from which he could earn and give more.

“I persuaded him to stay back as it was getting late, but he said he would take advantage of the military convoy going his direction,” Dachya said.

No evidence has been found linking any group with the attack. However, eight AK-47 bullet shells were recovered from the scene.

The motorcycle and bodies of the slain youths also appear to have been hit by bullets fired from a front position.

An ambush, especially near a military patrol, experts say would likely occur from a rear position, or the side of a target.

Bullets on the face and chests of the victims, as well as clutch lever, fender, front fairing and bar end of their motorbike, therefore rules out the possibility of a side ambush.

Eight bullet shells at the scene also suggest expert shots, swiftly fired with precision.

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Local authorities have ordered for an autopsy to be carried out on the corpses, with forensic examination of the scene of attack.

“You must do all within your powers to unravel these killers,” said State Lawmaker, Timothy Dantong.

Dantong represents Riyom constituency in the Plateau State House of Assembly, where dozens of attacks have occured in the past one decade.

The attacks, often blamed on herders, have often been linked to military complacency.

“We are tired of hearing the army being indicted in attacks and nothing is done,” said Mr. Tambari Gizo, an Official of a local association of herders – Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN).

“If these innocent youths were said to have been moving along with the army and yet the army is not saying anything, then it leaves much to answer, said Gizo.

No comment has however been made by the military authorities.

A similar incident two weeks ago in neighboring Vwang District of Jos South LGA nearly resulted in the lynching of military personnel on patrol.

A vigilante member was killed by a bullet fired from the direction of a group of herdsmen in company of military personnel.

When soldiers came to the scene of the attack the next day supposedly searching for a missing cow, irate youths rounded them up to be beaten, but for the intervention of local elders and Police.

Last year, three youths in Kwi village in same Riyom LGA were allegedly killed by STF operatives and donated to hospital for anatomy.

The latest case is likely to further severe civil military relationship if not swiftly addressed.

The Nigerian military has discovered the Abductors of high school students in Katsina

The Nigerian army has discovered the abductors of high school students in katsina State northwestern Nigeria and exchanged gun shots with the militants, base on a statement from the presidency on Saturday.

A team of gunmen armed with AK-47 assault rifles stormed a Gov’t secondary school in Kankara district at about 9.40pm on Friday, base on reports from the police.

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A speech from President Muhammadu Buahri said the army had identified the whereabouts of the student’s abductor in the bush and had exchanged fire with them with the aid of warplanes.

In a statement, President Buhari condemned the incident that erupted in his state. Police and army are working to determine how many people have been abducted and how many are missing.

Police who arrived at the scene of the attack on Friday exchanged fire with the attackers, which allowed some students to get away, police spokesman Gambo Isah stated in assertion.

Police have recruited additional officers to search for and rescue the secondary school students. One police officer is injured during the exchange of fire with the militants, according to them.

Katsina has been rocked by instability linked to the activities of thugs who have been attacking people to keep them as hostages for ransom. Attacks by militants claiming to be Islamic militants are common in the north-east of the country.