Cyber fraudsters have hacked the phone line of Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State and are using it to dupe unsuspecting members of the public, officials say.

The State information commissioner, Yakubu Dati in a statement yesterday said the culprits cloned the Governor's mobile phone number and are using it to send text messages requesting financial assistance from the Governor's close associates.

The statement however says security agencies have been notified on the develooment.

Members of the public are advised to disregard such messages, the statement says.

Meanwhile a "concerned Ron/Kulere" group led by Arc. Macham Makut has called for the adoption of "Livestock Alimentation" practice as panacea to the frequent herdsmen attacks in Nigeria.

The group made the call in Jos after reportedly losing 1017 of its villages and over 30 of its members in Daffo, Bokkos LGA in series of attacks from January 2018.

Alimentation practice otherwise known as feedlot system the group says would replicate the Rwanda peace deal by upgrading herders' local paddocks to standard facilities for controlled animal rearing.

The Police in Plateau yesyerday confirmed the killing of four persons from Bassa Local Government Area by yet-to-be identified armed men, Wednesday afternoon.

The police said it swung into action immediately to address the situation, but the harm had “already been done.”

The police spokesperson, Terna Tyopev, made the disclosure to PREMIUM TIMES in a text message on Thursday morning.

According to the police, the attackers killed the victims while they were performing their legitimate daily activities.

“Adamu Sunday, aged 38, Jatau Akus, aged 39, Chohu Awarhai and Marcus Mali age 22 years; bodies taken to Plateau State Specialist Hospital, Jos for post-mortem examination,” the text stated adding that all the victims were male.

It added that the victims were murdered by suspected herdsmen at Angwan Rogo DTV Area of Bassa.

The statement said efforts are in place by police to track down the suspect.