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Tragedy as newly-wedded couple killed after gunmen invade secondary school in Plateau

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A newly-wedded couple who were teachers has been killed after suspected gunmen attacked BECO Comprehensive High School, Kwi in Riyom LGA of Plateau state.

The gunmen also injured the vice-principal of the school during the attack.

The teachers were reportedly holding a meeting in preparation for their prize giving day when the gunmen invaded.

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In a statement on Tuesday, Rwang Tengwong, national publicity secretary of the Berom Youth movement, a socio-cultural group, said the incident occurred at about 3 pm on Monday.

“We are saddened by the invasion of BECO Comprehensive High School Kwi by gunmen,” Tengwong said.


“Two teachers, Mr. and Mrs. Rwang Danladi, a newly-wedded couple, were shot dead.

“Mr Dalyop Emmanuel, the vice-principal of the school, was seriously injured by the armed men.

“The teachers were holding a meeting to compile results of students in preparation for the school’s 2023 speech and prize-giving day slated for this Friday.

“The injured person is currently receiving treatment at the Jos University Teaching Hospital.”

Tengwong lamented the influx of criminals in some communities in the state, and called on the security agencies to flush them out.

“We call on security operatives to, as a matter of urgency, raid these communities that have become enclaves of criminals, particularly Fass and Mahanga in Riyom,” he said.

“This is necessary to get rid of criminal elements that have defied law and order.”

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Alfred Alabo, police spokesperson, confirmed the incident, adding that the command was “on top of the situation”.

In a related development, bandits have abducted 25 persons that include women and children, and injured scores of others during different operations in four Local Government Areas of Katsina State.

In the Batsari council area on Sunday night at about 9:00 pm, the marauders abducted 20 persons in Madogara community, most of whom were peasant farmers.

Sources in the council however said that one of those abducted managed to escape after he vigorously fought one of the terrorists that was holding onto him.

It was learned that the victim sustained injuries from machetes used on his body by other terrorist members that had tried to keep him from escaping.

Our correspondent gathered that some family members of those abducted have been receiving calls from the terrorists, asking for a ransom payment.

Terrorists also abducted three healthcare workers a few days ago. One of them, Balarabe Mohammed abducted on August 6 at the Dongon-Dawa Healthcare Facility in Faskari council.

The other two were abducted on August 1 at Dandume council area while going about their assigned duties.

Still, terrorists abducted a woman popularly known as Fatima, who sells local food known as Waina, and her daughter.

It was learnt that incidents of abductions had spiked in recent weeks due to the rainy season, which makes farmers go to their farms thereby making them easy targets for the marauders.

In recent months, hundreds of people have either lost their lives, been kidnapped for ransom, had their communities or farmlands ransacked, or domestic animals rustled by the terrorists.

Spokesperson for the police command in the state, ASP Abubakar Aliyu was yet to respond to inquiries made on these incidents as at the time of filing this report.

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