Two educators lost their lives in an attack by herders at BECO Comprehensive School located in Kwi, Riyom local government area of Plateau State.
According to Vanguard’s report, the incident transpired on the afternoon of Monday, August 14. Allegedly, herders forcibly entered the school premises to allow their cattle to graze, but they were halted by the on-duty security personnel. Subsequently, when teachers approached the herders to request that they leave the premises, the situation escalated. Reportedly, the herders brandished firearms and fatally shot the teachers.
The publication further indicated that the Vice Principal and another staff member suffered severe injuries as a result of the altercation.
Confirming the event, Mr. Dantoro Gyang, the School Principal, stated that the incident took place around 2:00 p.m. on Monday, August 14, while the school staff were engaged in routine meetings.
“While the security men interrogated them on why they grazed into the school premises, the staff came out of the meeting to see what was happening. We were trying to engage them on the need to vacate the school premises, two of them suddenly brought out guns, pulled the triggers, and instantly killed two of my teachers.
“The Vice-Principal (Administration), Mr. Dalyop Ibrahim, and one other person were shot in the abdomen. As I am talking to you now, one of those injured is presently receiving treatment at General Hospital Riyom, while the Vice Principal was taken to Jos University Teaching Hospital.”
President of the Berom Youth Moulders (BYM), Solomon Dalyop, lamented the incident and stressed that “until open grazing is banned, the herdsmen will continue to terrorize the people of the State and the Middle Belt as a whole.”