Unknown gunmen attack Plateau, kill 12, injure five

A map of the Jos, Plateau, Nigeria region where the incident took place. 

Unknown gunmen attack Plateau, kill 12, injure five
Rustle 18 cows, nine sheep in Benue
Charles Nwoke, Jos, Nigeria
June 16, 2021 

Unknown gunmen have killed 12 persons in separate attacks on two communities in Plateau State.

The criminals killed 10 persons in Kuru, and two persons in Zogu, in Jos South and Bassa Local Government Council Areas, respectively.

According to sources, the unfortunate onslaughts which occurred on Sunday, claimed 14 lives while five persons were severely injured in Kuru.

The Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong has urged security agencies to fish out the killers and ensure that the law catches up with them.

He advised residents of the state to be on the alert and provide useful information that could lead to nipping attacks in the bud.

The Chairman of Jos South Local Government Council, Gideon Dandereng, called for calm and appealed to security agents to go after the perpetrators of the ugly act.

The Secretary of Irigwe Development Association (IDA), Danjuma Dickson Auta, who confirmed the Zogu attack, disclosed that it was the same midnight attack that left two persons killed in his village.

He said, “It was the same midnight attacks on my community that left two persons dead in Zogu village of Irigwe land.

“People were sleeping and the attackers stormed the village and started shooting, leaving two killed and two injured. One of the women was critically injured and was first taken to Bingham University Teaching Hospital but was later transferred to JUTH.”

The Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO Plateau State Command, Gabriel Ubah said “10 persons were shot dead in a drinking joint at Sabon Layi, Kuru by gunmen who drove in with a Hilux.”

He revealed that the Commissioner of Police, Edward Egbuka has ordered an investigation to unravel those behind the incidents.

Meanwhile, the State Governor, Simon Lalong sent the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Danladi Atu to commiserate with families of those who lost their loved ones in the inferno.

The State Government also announced a cash donation for the burial of the deceased and the treatment of the injured persons.

Prof. Atu also held a town hall meeting with community leaders and the council management, urging them to intensify efforts and intelligence gathering aimed at capturing those hoodlums.

In another development, the Special Assistant to Benue State Governor, James Anbua said that gunmen on Sunday attacked his home in Tse Girgi in Logo Local Government Council Area, destroying parts of his house and stealing 18 cows and nine sheep.