In the Riyom Local Government Area of Plateau State, herdsmen invaded BECO Comprehensive School, Kwi, and killed newlywed teachers Rwang Barnabas Danladi and Sandra Rwang Danladi.continue reading
The incident happened on Monday, August 14, 2023, in the late afternoon. The herders allegedly tried to force their way into the school’s grounds to let their cows graze but were stopped by on-duty security personnel.
The herders reportedly pulled out weapons, shot, and killed the teachers as they approached to beg them to leave the area.
When some herders brought their cows into the school’s grounds on Monday about 2:00 p.m. for grazing, Mr. Dantoro Gyang, the school’s principal, who confirmed the occurrence, claimed the staff was in routine meetings at the time. However, they were met with resistance.
The workers left the meeting to observe what was happening while the security guards questioned them about why they had strayed into the school grounds. Two of them suddenly pulled out weapons, pulled the triggers, and quickly killed two of my instructors as we were trying to engage them about the need to leave the school grounds, the student stated.
“Mr. Dalyop Ibrahim, the Vice Principal (Administration), and another person were shot in the abdomen. The Vice Principal was brought to Jos University Teaching Hospital, while one of the injured is currently undergoing care at General Hospital Riyom.
The couple is said to have wed on March 25, 2023.
The Berom Youths, in contrast, denounced the teacher couple’s slaying in a statement released on Tuesday and demanded that open grazing be prohibited.
The statement read, “The Berom Youths Moulder-Association-BYM 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 school’s vice principal, seriously injured by some known fulani armed men along with suspected bandits elements at about 3:00pm of Monday, August 14, 2023.”
According to a witness testimony, the event took place at a staff meeting to compile student results for distribution on Friday, August 18, in accordance with the school’s calendar, during “Speech and Prize Giving-Day.”
The bandits disrupted the staff meeting, according to a local source who requests anonymity. They entered the school compound with their cattle. The source went on to say that the Fulani had been requested to remove their cows from the school grounds by the personnel. But rather than cooperating, they pulled out their weapons and started shooting at the teachers.
Rwang Danladi and his wife, Mrs. Sandra Rwang Danladi, who worked at the school, were killed as a result, and Mr. Dalyop Emmanuel Ibrahim, the vice principal of the organisation, was seriously hurt and is currently receiving medical care at the Jos University Teaching Hospital.-JUTH
Under the direction of Solomon Dalyop Mwantiri, Esq., the Berom Youth Moulder-Association, BYM, is concerned about how these terrorists from Fass and Mahanga are now able to freely travel around with their weapons, graze on farmlands, and intimidate and kill locals in adjacent Communities.
“Terrorists have established enclaves in Fass, Mahanga, and Guava. They conduct a variety of coordinated attacks on communities and villages in Barkin Ladi, Riyom, Bokkos, Mangu, Jos South, and even outside the state.
“Therefore, since grazing has evolved into a ruse to continue wreaking havoc, we call on government to outlaw open grazing in Plateau state.”