A pastor with the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN, Reverend Musa Hyok and his two sons, Emmanuel Musa and Mang Musa have been killed by a suspected herdsmen in a midnight attack in Ganawuri community, Riyom local government area of Plateau state.
The gunmen, numbering about twenty, invaded the community at about 11:00pm on Saturday March 4, 2023, and went on a a shooting spree to disorganize the people before they eventually attacked the pastor’s residence where they murdered him and his two sons.
A source close to the community, Song Mura, said trouble started when some suspected fulani kidnappers were arrested during their popular market day last Wednesday, but later escaped into the hands of the Fulani vigilante, who were to keep them before the arrival of the security operatives.
According to Mura, the situation degenerated into argument and later escalated to a crisis, leading to the death of three youths, despite several meetings, consultations and appeals for calm.
The Plateau State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Alfred Alabo confirmed the incident, said his command has commenced an investigation to unravel those behind the attack. Meanwhile, security operatives have been drafted to the community to prevent a breakdown of law and order, while the victims were buried yesterday.