Three Dead in fresh Plateau violence
Fresh Plateau violence: Suspected herdsmen in a gun battle at Dong-Kassa village in Jos, Have killed three members of the vigilance group.
It was learned that on the arrival of assailants at the scene of the incidence on Thursday, they shot at random and periodically killing three young men.
The killed men had laid down their lives, In preparations to avert the fresh Plateau violence by attackers who have been terrorizing some communities of Bassa, Bokkos and Jos North Councils.
A community leader in the area, Jerry Datim, told journalists yesterday that the shootings began about 7.30pm on Thursday, which lasted several hours.
In his Words: “In the process of the shootings, three of our boys were killed.
The boys are our vigilantes who usually stay on the hills that the attackers sometimes use. And they usually alert us to any imminent danger.
“That night, after killing the boys, they picked the mobile phone of one of the victims and used it to call us to come and carry our dead bodies, which they had killed.
That night, we told the security operatives attached to the community to escort us to the scene but they were not ready to go with us.
“The security personnel was armed to the teeth, but they still refused to go with us. But the night of the killing, we were without arms, went to the scene with a view to recovering the deceased.
“When we got to where we could reach, we searched but to no avail.
We only recovered their bodies yesterday morning with the help of some volunteers who went and carried their bodies without any of the security personnel.
When contacted, spokesman of the Operations Safe Haven (OPSH), Major Adam Umar, confirmed the sporadic shooting and the killing of the three persons.
He said: “It was a night incident. Our personnel who were carrying out patrols, on getting winds of the attack, quickly mobilized to the place. The troops confirmed the incident and the casualty figure of three young men.”
Also, Governor Simon Lalong confirmed that there were killings. He has, therefore, appealed for calm, following the attack last night by armed gunmen in Dong village of Jos North, which culminated in the unfortunate loss of lives of three persons in the area.
In a statement yesterday signed by the Commissioner for Information and Communication, Yakubu Dati, the governor expressed happiness regarding there might be no news about fresh violence in Plateau anymore, relative calm had been restored to the area following the deployment of security personnel and urged the people to remain law-abiding.