Central Nigeria: Armed men believed to be herders, Monday killed a soldier and three locals in a Northwestern Plateau village, reports say.


The assailants reportedly attacked Kpagoro village in Riyom Local Government Area, minutes before noon, shooting at random and torching houses.

A Special Task Force team drafted to quell the violence was engaged in a gun battle by, resulting in the death of a soldier, it was gathered.

Officials of the Task Force in Jos however said they were unaware of the incident and the reported killing of a soldier, when contacted.

The Plateau State Police Commissioner, Mr. Isaac Akinmoyede when reached on the phone wrote back to say he was in a meeting.

Sahara Reporters however quotes Mr. Timothy Dantong, Lawmaker representing Riyom Constituency in the Plateau State House of Assembly as having confirmed the attack and the killing of four, a soldier included.

At least 54 houses, the lawmaker said were razed in the attack.

Six members of a family were killed in Nakai Danwal village, located some 3km away from Kpagoro village.

A community leader, Mr. Tambaya Deme is said to be in Police custody over some suspicious comments and actions credited to him, prior to the last attack.