Armed men believed to be herders have shot about three people in Plateau State in different attacks between Thursday last week and Sunday.

On Thursday, the gunmen opened fire at civilians in Dong community near Jos Wild Life Park killing one before the military intervened.

On Sunday night, a different group of attackers reportedly shot five members of a family in Kpang village of Heipang District, in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area.

Two of the victims, James Pam, 14 and Favour John, 19 were killed while three others were injured, sources say.

The attackers carted away over 100 cattle belonging to the locals, it was gathered.

Hours after that attack, another group also said to be armed herders invaded the Staff Quarters of the Plateau State Polytechnic, Heipang, and kidnapped a Senior staff's daughter.

The attack which took place at about midnight followed a similar kidnap of the Polytechnic's Chaplain's son - Master Kim Andrew, 11, last year.

No arrest or official statement has been made on the three incidents.

Plateau State has seen an increase in suspected herdsmen attacks despite government's claims of restoring peace.

Observers believe lack of political will to enforce laws without fear or favour is responsible for the persisting crimes.

Others however blame lack of sustainable agricultural policies that could contain open-grazing while safeguarding the rights of both farmers and herders.

A group of locals called concerned Ron/Kulere stakeholders last year proposed livestock alimentation practice as the way out of the growing farmer-herder conflicts in the country.

The policy according to them should provide funding for cattle farmers to upgrade their existing paddocks to standard feedlots where their herds would be reared without roaming about for grazing and posing threats to communities.

Cattle colony, cattle ranching, grazing reserves and the recently introduced livestock transformation programs of the government, the group through its spokesperson, Macham Makut said were not favourable to the sociocultural and geographical peculiarities of Nigeria.

No action has however been taken on the proposition.