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Two Killed As Federal Lawmaker, Family Escape Assassination In Plateau



Two persons were killed, while a member of the House of Representatives representing Bassa/ Jos North federal constituency of Plateau State, Musa Agah Auta, and members of his family escaped an ambush by gunmen on Tuesday night.

It was learnt that the lawmaker, alongside his wife, children, driver and his personal assistant, was ambushed at Twin Hill in Miango chiefdom of Bassa Local Government Area of the state. 

It was gathered that all occupants of the vehicle escaped unhurt, but the car was riddled with bullets by the gunmen. 

A source said: “Although they all escaped unhurt, the car was riddled with bullets as the driver, against all odds, bravely manoeuvred the vehicle amidst the sporadic shootings by the attackers.”

The statement added that two others who were on a motorcycle and ahead of the lawmaker’s vehicle ran into the ambush and were killed by the attackers.

It would be recalled that Hon Auta was elected into the House of Representatives through a by-election conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in February this year.

Gunmen have been terrorising the local government especially Miango axis for quite sometime. Recently, no fewer than ten people were killed, several houses burnt and farms destroyed in the area.

Security agencies are yet to react to the incident which occurred near the spot where some people were killed recently during a festival ceremony in the chiefdom.

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