Two natives of Vatt village in Foron District, Barkin Ladi LGA of Plateau State were ambushed by two armed Fulani militias at Ratsat-Rat Junction at about 6:30pm of yesterday, 25th October, 2020, and are presently on admission at Jos University Teaching Hospital-JUTH.
The affected victims are, Mr. Victor Markus, 20 years of age and Mr. Gyang Gwom, age 30 survived the ambushed with fatal injuries.
According to Victor when visited by ECCVN’s team, he narrated that, “we left Ratsat village on our way to Rat village through which we were to proceed to Vatt, our village, unknown to us that two armed Fulani militias had laid an ambush at the junction of Ratsat-Rat road. On getting to the junction, I heard sporadic gunfire targeting at us. I immediately jumped down from our Motorcycle to nearby shrubs in a bid to escape but had already sustained several gunshots on my hand and both legs, while Mr. Gyang continued driving the Motorcycle and miraculously escaped though with gunshot too,” he said while in excruciating pains.
On identity of the attackers, he said, “though it was still relatively bright, I however saw two Fulani, one with arm. They went after Mr. Gyang and returned to where I was helplessly laying in pool of blood, I pretended to had died so as not to be shot again,” he sighed and continued, “when they returned to me, I stopped breathing and fortunately, they only removed and carted away with my trouser containing some monies, handset and other items. When they left back towards Fusa in Jos East, I manageably crawled to where local rescue team alongside security personnel came and helped me out” and took the victims to the hospital.
As soon as the incident was reported to Emancipation Centre for Crisis Victims in Nigeria-ECCVN, it immediately intimated the appropriate authorities including the Council’s Chairman of Barkin Ladi LGA, Hon Jok Alamba who swiftly swung into action by not only visiting the victims at JUTH for emergency medical intervention, but also mobilized interim financial support that facilitated immediate medical attention to the patients, especially to Mr. Victor who lost so much blood and was in delirium as a result of the hemorrhage.
Likewise, the Council’s Secretary, Hon. Capt. Rwang Dusu and House of Assembly Member representing Barkin Ladi at Plateau State House of Assembly as well as Hon. Dung Musa, the Commissioner of Science and Technology, Plateau State also reached out to the victims through ECCVN’s collaboration with BECO Chairman of Foron District, comrade Dabot Dagalang facilitating other interventions in addition to financial assistance reached out to the said victims by the ECCVN’s team.
As at the time of filing this report, the victims are positively responding to medical treatment as Mr. Victor is undergoing orthopedic surgeries and blood transfusion.
In view of the outcry of the poor victims who are dire need of more supports, ECCVN hereby calls on all spirited individuals to step up with victims support outreach to augment the already assistance reached out.
Dalyop Solomon Mwantiri, Esq.
Emancipation Centre for Crisis Victims in Nigeria-ECCVN