By Marie-Therese Nanlong, Jos
The supposed plan to take the cattle belonging to one Dakup Ntiem went awry when the intruders abandoned the plan, but rather shot and killed the owner of the cattle and wounded his pregnant wife, Blessing.
Since the incident at midnight on April 28, 2021, Blessing, who has been discharged after receiving treatment at a health center, has been inconsolable as she reflects on how she would raise her three children and the fourth that is in I walk without her husband.
Blessing, an orphan married Dakup in 2011 and they have both been working hard to raise their family until tragedy. All he is demanding is that justice be done, as four suspects have been arrested so far.
A relative who preferred anonymity said the suspects surrounded the house, some were in the barn and one who was by the window of the deceased demanded that he leave.
While he was delayed, the intruder broke into his home in Pangkai, a village below Lalin village in the Mikang local government area of Plateau State, dragged him and shot him at point-blank range while beating his wife with sticks, they pulled out his teeth and left his unconscious.
The attackers fled the scene believing that both were dead, but the timely response of relatives living nearby saved the wife when she was rushed to a clinic in Garkawa, a nearby town where she was revived, treated and released.
The source stated: “The suspects arrested in connection with the murder of the late Dakup Dashe Ntiem are Dumtim Barko, who is the mai angwan (community leader) from Kalambai, Ponfa Nimfyel from Pangkrim. Pontim Timla of Maje, Mandap Ndam of Pangkrim, Gwamtim Zingkur of Pangkrim. The remaining two still at large are from Nban of the North Langtang Local Government Area.
“The Pangkrim are under Shendam LGA while the Mai Angwan is under Mikang LGA. The incident occurred on 04-28-2021 after midnight. He left three children, Naankuk, Naanshin, Yimket, and a pregnant wife.
The late Dakup will be buried on Wednesday and the State Police Command through the Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Gabriel Uba, however, confirmed the incident saying: “There was a problem in Lalin, some suspects have been arrested. and the investigation is ongoing. “