By Daniel Edu
A tragic incident occurred at BECO Comprehensive Secondary School in the Kwi community of the Riyom Local Government Area in Plateau State, Nigeria. Bandits launched an attack on the school, resulting in the deaths of two teachers. The victims were identified as a recently-married couple who were employed as teachers at the school.
Eyewitnesses reported that the attack took place on a Monday afternoon during a meeting of teachers to compile student results in preparation for the upcoming ‘Speech and Prize-giving Day’ scheduled for the following Friday.
Moses Gwott, a youth leader in the community, confirmed the events and stated that the attackers, who were Fulani herders, brought their cattle into the school compound and were asked by staff to remove them. Instead, the attackers opened fire on the teachers, killing two and injuring others, including the school’s Vice Principal.
Rwang Tengwong, the National Publicity Secretary of the Berom Youths Moulders Association, also issued a statement confirming the attack. The association expressed grief over the incident and called for a ban on open grazing in the area to prevent similar incidents in the future.
The attack highlights ongoing security concerns in Nigeria, particularly in regions where clashes between herders and farmers have resulted in violence and loss of lives. The local authorities have not yet responded to requests for comments on the situation.