About 120 persons have been killed in different villages in Plateau state over the weekend in an attack by gunmen suspected to be herdsmen. And about 200 others sustained gunshot injuries.
Major General Anthony Atolagbe, Commander of the Special Military Task Force confirmed last night that 56 persons were killed during the attack. He also added that the Army is presently working tirelessly to apprehend the perpetrators and presently three of them have been apprehended, and they have confessed to the killing.
He mentioned that the suspects have given them useful information and they are presently deploying troops to get the others.
The Plateau State Police Command stated at a press conference yesterday that they have counted 86 bodies so far, but they cannot ascertain the number of the whole bodies because of the victim’s families have taken their corpse away.
The Villages that were affected are Gindin Akwati, Nghar, Exland, Ruku, Kura falls and Kakuruk in the Gashish district and also Rakok, Kok, and Razat.
According to an eyewitness, the attack took place close to the military checkpoint in Kafi Abu Village, when the attackers opened fire on the convoy of sympathizers returning from a funeral of the father to one of the clergies of Church of Christ In Nations, COCIN, Baba Jakawa.
The pastor in charge of Church of Christ in Nation, COCIN revealed that most of the people killed were sympathisers of the dead man, he stated that around 34 persons from Nekan Village were killed while around 39 persons from Kufang and around 47 from Ruku village, while so many others are still missing in the bush.
Governor Lalong Declares Curfew
The State Governor, Governor Simon Lalong who immediately returned from Abuja after the APC convention has condemned the attack and has slammed a dusk to dawn curfew on Riyom, Barkin Ladi and Jos South Local government areas.
President Buhari Speak on Attack
The president in a statement on twitter appealed that Nigerians should be calm and assured the country of justice to perpetrators of the dastardly act.
The statement reads;
“The Nigerian Army and police are supporting the determined efforts of Governor Simon Lalong to end the attacks and bring relief to affected communities.
“President Buhari appeals for calm and assures that no efforts will be spared to bring the perpetrators to justice, and prevent a recurrence/reprisal attacks.
“The President and the entire Federal Government stand with the Government and people of Plateau at this sad time.
“The grievous loss of lives & property arising from the killings in Plateau today is painful and regrettable. My deepest condolences to the affected communities.
“We will not rest until all murderers and criminal elements and their sponsors are incapacitated and brought to justice.”