Plateau reeling after 12 killed in fresh attack

Plateau state has been thrown into mourning once again after 12 people were killed and one other person injured in a fresh attack by unknown gunmen. The gunmen attacked the village of Kulben in Kombun district of Mangu local government, Plateau State on Thursday; leaving behind blood and tears in its wake. The incident was confirmed by the Police.

Spokesperson of the Plateau State Command of the Nigeria Police, DSP Terna Tyopev; who confirmed the development, disclosed that the police are yet to arrest any suspect in connection with the attack.

“In the early hours of today, we received a distress call that gunmen; suspected to be herdmen attacked Kulben community of Kombun District of Mangu.

“As a result, 12 persons lost their lives and one was severely injured.

“Immediately we received the information, the commissioner in charge of the command, Mr Isaac Akinmoyede; directed the DCP in charge of Operations, Mr Aliyu Tafida to mobilise to the scene.’’

Furthermore, Tyopev affirmed that an investigation has been launched into the dawn attack; even as he disclosed that the motive of the attackers was unknown.

President charges security agencies to protect innocent communities in Plateau

Tyopev added that the road leading to the village had been cordoned off by security operatives; working to halt further attacks.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the attack. Also, the President has ordered security agencies to prevent further attacks on innocent communities.

The President made the condemnation in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity; Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Thursday.

According to the presidential aide, President Buhari is in contact with Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau; as well as the military, police and other security agencies in the state to ascertain details of what happened; and what can be done to forestall a future occurrence.

As a matter of fact, Buhari, who expressed shock and grief over the incident; urged security agencies in the state to increase vigilance to stop further attacks on innocent citizens.

Ng daily

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