Gunmen suspected to be Fulani militia have murdered an 18-year-old JSS2 student of Elisto Private School in Barakin’Ladi local government area of Plateau State, David James.
According to reports, the incident happened in Dorowa Babuje community at about 7:52pm on Saturday, March 13, 2021 when the teenager went out to defecate in a nearby backyard of the compound.
The gunmen who were lurking within the vicinity reportedly shot him at a close range several times before they fled.
The parents of the boy, Mr. Solomon James, 68, and his wife, Rose James, 60, could not hold back their tears as they cried over the loss of their young son.
According to Mr Solomon, his son was a pillar to the family as he combined working at a mining site with schooling to cater for his education and the family.
“We have been visited with a very big loss of my son, David James, who was 18 and a secondary student of JS 2 at Elisto Private School, Barkin Ladi. He was largely our human strength in terms of provisions for survival through Tin mining the lad was engaged in while schooling,” he told Barrister Dalyop Solomon Mwantiri, of the Emancipation Centre for Crisis Victims in Nigeria-ECCVN.
“My son was on a particular medication that made him go defecate frequently. He was pressed again and went out as usual since we don’t have the means to have an indoor restroom, it was there his precious life was terminated by the killers,”
“On hearing his cry, we rushed to the scene and carried him to the nearby hospital before he gave up. While conveying him to the hospital he said he knew those who shot at him and can identify them not knowing that he would give up in a short while,” he added.
Meanwhile, one of the community leaders identified as, Elder John Choji, called on the security agencies and government to come to the aid of the community, adding that the community has been under siege of gunmen suspected to be killer herdsmen for quite some time.