Tears flowed freely as the remains of newly married teachers Rwang Danladi and wife, Mrs Sandra Rwang Danladi, both academic staff of Berom Educational and Cultural Organisation (BECO) Comprehensive School, allegedly murdered by suspected killer herdsmen. They were buried in their family compound Kwi village, Riyom local government area of Plateau State.
The funeral service was attended by a mammoth crowd and was one of the saddest moments in history of Riyom, as the mourners couldn’t hold back their tears despite plea from clergymen. I was told that the couple were gunned down in a broad day light by suspected armed killer herdsmen, who forced their way into the school premises with their cattle to graze. It was further gathered that the heinuous crime took place while staff of the school were holding a meeting to compile results of students for delivery on Friday, 18th August during “Speech and Prize Giving Day”.
The deceased staff had asked the intruders to leave the school premises with their cows. Instead of complying, the killers brought out their guns and opened fire at the teachers in the staff room. This resulted in the instant death of the couple. Mr Dalyop Emmanuel Ibrahim, the vice principal of the school, sustained serious injuries and is receiving medical treatment at the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH.)
Meanwhile, the Berom Youth Moulders (BYM) has described the attack as terrorism. President of BYM, Solomon Dalyop has said, until open grazing is banned, the attacks would continue on the people of the state and the middle belt in general.
The Plateau State governor, Barr. Caleb Mutfwang has condemned the attack and other attacks perpetrated particularly in: Mangu, Riyom, Barki Ladi and Bokkos local government areas which have been targets of the killer herdsmen.
Mutfwang stated this during the inauguration of the reconstituted Plateau Elders’ Forum held at the Banquet Hall of the New Government House, Little Rayfield, Jos. According to him, there were no inter community crisis and this was purely an act of terror.