Two teachers were killed when bandits stormed a secondary school in Plateau State‘s Riyom Local Government Area.
According to information obtained, the victims were a young married couple who worked as teachers at the BECO Comprehensive Secondary School in the LG’s Kwi neighborhood.
According to eyewitnesses, the event took place on Monday afternoon as teachers met to collate student test results in preparation for Friday’s “Speech and Prize-giving Day” at the school.
The killings were confirmed by a youth leader in the neighborhood, Moses Gwott, to The PUNCH in Jos on Tuesday. He also claimed that the bandits injured several teachers, including the vice principal of the school.
Gwott said, “It was on Monday around 3pm that the bandits came into the school compound with their cattle, and interrupted the staff meeting. The staff had asked the bandits who were obviously Fulani to get their cows out of the school environment. But instead of complying, they brought out their arms and opened gunfire at the teachers killing two teachers.”
In a statement on Tuesday, Rwang Tengwong, the national publicity secretary of the Berom Youths Moulders Association, also acknowledged the attack and urged the government to outlaw open grazing in the communities to prevent similar incidents in the future.
“The Berom Youths Moulder-Association, is, again, saddened over the invasion of BECO Comprehensive School, Kwi, where two staff members, Mr and Mrs Rwang Danladi, were reportedly shot dead and one Mr Dalyop Emmanuel Ibrahim, the Vice Principal of the school seriously injured by some unknown Fulani armed men alongside suspected bandits at about 3 pm on Monday, August 14, 202
“This resulted in the death of the recently-wedded couple, Rwang Danladi and wife, Mrs Sandra Rwang Danladi, who was the staff of the school while Mr Dalyop Emmanuel Ibrahim, who is the Vice Principal of the institution, sustained a serious injury and is receiving medical treatment at the Jos University Teaching Hospital.”
The Berom Youth Moulder-Association, under the leadership of Solomon Dalyop Mwantiri, expressed concern about “how these terrorists from Fass and Mahanga now move freely with arms and graze on farmlands, intimidating locals at nearby communities.”
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Alfred Alabo, could not be reached for comment on his phone.