Armed men suspected to be Fulani militias attacked a mining site at Ruku village of Gashish District, Barkin Ladi LGA at about 10:45pm of 7th September, 2022. As a result, 3 women namely, Rose Bitrus age 41, Polina Mathew aged 43, and Grace Pam age 42 have been confirmed injured fatally from gunshots.
According to a local source that pleaded anonymity, “the attack became a confirmation on security early warning given last week that the site will be invaded by Fulani militias, buy the victims took the information for granted,” he said.
The same source also narrated that, “were it not that most of the miners gave heed to the early warning that made them vacate the site every evening time, it would have been very devastating,” that’s why the incident could not affect many people even though injuries were sustained.
Shortly after security agents were alerted about the attack, personnel of Operation Safe Haven from Tenti swung into action and curtailed further casualty, and also rushed the victims to Barkin Ladi General Hospital, where they are currently receiving medical attention.
Dalyop Solomon Mwantiri, Esq.,
Emancipation Centre for Crisis Victims in Nigerian-ECCVN