The traditional ruler of Miango in Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State, Daniel Chega narrowly escaped death after gunmen attacked his vehicle.
Chega, the District Head of Miango, was returning home after a peace meeting with some herdsmen and other stakeholders when gunmen ambushed him and opened fire on his vehicle.
The President of the Miango Youths Development Association, Mr. Ezekiel Bini, who confirmed the attack to newsmen in Jos on Tuesday evening said the incident occurred on Monday at about 4.30 pm.
According to him, the gunmen hid in-between herds of cattle and ambushed the Monarch’s vehicle near the Army barracks in the area.
Though the car was riddled with bullets, the driver was able to successfully maneuver his way and the monarch, as well as other car occupants, escaped unhurt.
He said, “It was a miracle that the district head escaped. We were together with him during the security and peace meeting. You know Miango community had lost so many people and property worth millions of naira destroyed as a result of attacks by gunmen suspected to be herdsmen in the community.
“So, it was in order to find a lasting solution to the problem that the state peacebuilding agency organized the security peace meeting with the Fulani and the community stakeholders at the Local council headquarters on Monday. After the meeting, the traditional ruler headed for his palace in Miango.
“But unknown to him, some gunmen had laid ambush on his way.
“On sighting his vehicle as he was approaching the Golf course near the Army barracks, the gunmen who were hiding in-between herds of cattle opened fire on him and riddled his 406 Ash coloured car with bullets.
“But luckily, his driver was able to maneuver his way out of the danger with the monarch and other occupants unhurt.”
The Monarch also confirmed the incident to The Nation, saying his car was severely damaged with bullets.
The monarch said: “We thank God we are alive. You need to come and see how my car was riddled with bullets.”
Meanwhile, some gunmen suspected to be bandits have reportedly killed no fewer than nineteen people in Katsina State.
Naija News learnt that the gun-wielding men stormed Tsauwa, a village in the Batsari Local Government Area of the state, and set houses and grains reserves on fire while they also allegedly cart away valuables and domestic animals after killing scores.
According to residents, the bandits stormed the village around 11.30 p.m on Monday and operated till the early hours of Tuesday (today). It was revealed that the bandits upon arrival at the village, started shooting indiscriminately, resulting in the death of the victims.