Yet another bloody day was recorded in Plateau state today as the scene mass burial for the victims of yesterday’s violence has recorded high profile casualties.Newsdiaryonline.com has learnt that a Senator Gyang Dantong and Honourable Gyang Fulani were among those killed as people gathered in a village to embark on mass burial for those killed earlier.
Today’s killings occurred in a village called Matseh in Riyom Local Government where mass burial had been scheduled for about 50 people who had been killed in a pastor’s house .There has been no official confirmation of this figure.Newsdiaryonline.com learnt that another prominent figure who is a member House of Representatives identified as Hon. Simon escaped death.
The senator and others met their untimely death as attackers were alleged to have suddenly started shooting at random as people gathered for the mass burial.Dantong and Fulani among others fell victim in the process.
Gyang Fulani until his death was the Majority Leader,Plateau State House of Assembly.
Late Senator Dantong until his death was the Chairman Senate Committee on Health and hailed from Bachi district of Riyom local government area of the state.He was a medical practitioner representing Plateau North in the Senate .
Fulani hailed from Powoll village in Haipang district of Barkin Ladi constituency which he represented at Plateau State House of Assembly.
There has been no immediate statement from the police or any of the security agencies,our correspondent said.
In a swift reaction ,President of the Senate, Senator David Mark has described what he called the assassination of Senator Gyang Dantong in Plateau State as shocking adding that “the incessant killings of innocent Nigerians must be stopped .”
Government at levels and security operatives Senator Mark stressed must rise to halt these senseless killings.
“We must do everything within the ambit of our laws to ensure that this type of murderous acts is stopped. As a nation, we must just rise against those who are determined to return us to a state of nature where life had little or no value,” he lamented in a very subdued voice.
Describing the death of Dantong as “a personal loss,” Senator Mark said the deceased was “a patriotic parliamentarian, quintessential gentleman and committed nationalist who was killed in active service to his fatherland.
He called on the security agencies to bring the perpetrators of this gruesome deaths to justice.