PDP Senator, Assembly member In Plateau State Shot Dead
Confirming the incident in a statement, the Plateau state commissioner of Information, Abraham Yiljap said the shooting occurred while the Senator was attending burial ceremony.
Datong is a second time member in the Senate of the Federal Republic, after initially serving as a member of the House of Representatives representing Barkin Ladi/Riyom federal constituencies.
Eleven villages in Barkin Ladi local Government were at the weekend attacked by gunmen, killing 37 villagers including a member of the Special (security) Task Force in the state.
It could not be immediately ascertained if killing of the Senator is linked to the raid on the eleven villages in the Local Government, but we will keep you updated.
Update one: Information just reaching us indicates that the majority leader of the Plateau State house of Assembly, Gyang Fulani was also among those murdered, while a third person Simon Mwadkwon, a member of the house of representatives was critically injured and now receiving treatment at the hospital.
Update two: The attack was said to have occurred during a mass burial of the 37 people killed by unknown gunmen in the attack on some villages in Barkin Ladi Local Government.
Update Three: About 50 people have been confirmed among those that died along side Senator Gyang Dalyop Datong and Gyang Fulani. They were all attending the funeral ceremony.