Unidentified gunmen on Sunday attacked and killed a local Chief in Plateau State, disappearing before securities could be alerted, reports say.

The Chief identified as Mai Ungwa Siman Mallo of Fagin hamlet, Tarangol village in Bokkos Local Government Area was said to have been attacked at about 7pm in his home.

Details of the incident are still sketchy but multiple sources in the village have confirmed the attack.

Same weekend, some four young men including a Muslim Hausa man were reportedly killed by suspected Fulani militia in Kura Falls, Gashish district of Barkin Ladi LGA.

The four were said to have been ambushed while travelling on motorcycles to a funeral.

Officials are yet to confirm the two attacks.

However, another attack recorded in a village in Bassa LGA, Monday leaving three dead has been confirmed by Police.

The attack also attributed to suspected Fulani militia resulted in the death of a father, mother and a daughter, Plateau State Police Public Relations Officer, Tyopev Terna told TVC news.

GOVERNMENT SILENCE

There have been several isolated attacks in different parts of Plateau State of late despite government's claims of restoring peace.

Gov. Simon Lalong has equally not been vocal against the attacks, thereby creating widespread apprehension that he is only concerned about power and wealth.

His perceived closeness with, and sympathy for the Fulani community in the state, has further sparked controversy in some quarters on his concern for the native communities who are daily being attacked by people believed to be the same Fulani.

In a press statement yesterday however, the State Commissioner for Information, Yakubu Dati insisted that "Government Has Not Left Communities at the Mercy of Attackers."

Commiserating with the victims of the latest attacks in Bassa and B/Ladi LGAs, Dati said "The Rescue administration holds every single live as sacred, hence cannot play politics with the lives of the very people that voted it into power.

"As a government of popular mandate, will never leave its citizens at the mercy of these attackers no matter the situation because it is our constitutional duty to ensure the safety of lives and well being of the people."

While highlighting the "magnitude of the security problems" confronting the nation which is further worsened by the limited security powers given to state governors, the commissioner said, "Government cannot be distracted from going ahead with the various strategies being put in place to ensure the security of all communities."

Dati was earlier yesterday confronted with the question of whether or not government believes the attacks and cares for its people in a whatsapp group chat by some commentators.

One of them, a former Secretary to the Plateau State Government, Prof. Shadrach Best had advised that "It is responsible and helpful to say something as spokesman of government on these sad occurrences.

"Our people are grieving. People just need information and re-assurance, and for you in particular, its a duty."

Dati had appeared uncomfortable with the comments but nonetheless wrote the statement hours later in obvious compliance.

He however did not rule out the possibility of a political propaganda in the comments of the commentators.

Part of his statement says, "It is however, disheartening that while government is working round the clock to ensure adequate security of lives of the people, some people are bend on scoring very cheap political points and sowing seeds of discord among the peace loving people by attributing the current security challenges especially the recent attacks to what they feel as action or inaction of the government."

RANCHING POLICY

The state Governor was however recently quoted in different TV news reports as saying he warned his Benue state counterpart, Samuel Ortom against banning public grazing, and saying he appointed a "Hausa-Fulani" commissioner and peace remained.

He equally recently said the State Government House sits on a cattle route, a statement that many view as capable of inciting the Fulani against native communities.

Furthermore, the State Government has queued into the ranching policy of the Federal Government which seeks to empower Fulani herders with public lands and modern animal farming facilities, a policy that many view as trampling on the rights of local farmers and land owners.

This is especially as President Muhammad Buhari and a host of other public officials have referred to the attacking Fulani herders as foreigners who gain entrance into the country illegally.

In addition, Kogi state has recently recorded attacks with several fatalities despite its government allocating about 15,000 hectares of land for the pilot phase of the earlier proposed cattle colony programme of the federal government.

The Government is however, by this, possibly exploring ways to promote equal rights and "peaceful coexistence" by operating an "inclusive" policy.

"As a government we are committed to ensuring a safe and secured environment that will guarantee peaceful coexistence among the various groups in the state," said the commissioner.

CRIMINAL GANG IN COURT

Meanwhile, following the attack of a "criminal" gang known as Sara-suka at Bulbula community in Congo Russia area of Jos, the Plateau State Police Command has arrested the gang leader, Umar Ibrahim alias "Dangari".

After a "careful and painstaking" investigation, the leader of Sara-suka was charged to court together with 32 of his members yesterday.

The 33 were charged with CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY, INCITING DISTURBANCE, MISCHIEF, CAUSING HURT AND BEING IN POSSESSION OF DANGEROUS WEAPONS, Police Public Relations Officer, Tyopev Terna said.

The thirty three gang members according to a statement by Tyopev were remanded in prison custody till 25/07/2018 when 95 wraps of weeds suspected to be Indian hemp, 120 sachets of Tramadol, 23 long knives and Assorted Charms would be tendered as exhibits against them.

The Plateau Police Command according to the statement appeals to members of the public to avail her with useful information that would lead to the arrest of more of the Sarasuka gang members.