The Plateau State Police Command has confirmed that eleven persons were killed last night in Latya and Lakwandet communities, close to Gura Topp in Rayfield Jos South LGA of Plateau State by unknown gunmen.
According to the spokesman of the Command, DSP Mathias Terna Tyopev, “On the 02/09/2018 at about 20:30 hours, the Plateau State Police Command, Jos received a distress call to the effect that unknown gunmen attacked Lopandet Dwei Du Area of Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State. “The Command immediately mobilised to the scene of crime. On arrival we discovered that some people were shot.
“The victims were immediately rushed to Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) and Plateau Specialist Hospital. “As a result of the attack, eleven persons have been confirmed dead by doctors from the aforementioned hospitals, while twelve persons were wounded and are now on admission receiving treatment. “More security personnel have been deployed to the area to prevent further attacks on the Community.” The Police Public Relations Officer called for calm and said investigation into the crime is ongoing.
However, a member of the community told journalists that, “The two communities came under attack by some gunmen. “They shot and killed people. At least, I personally counted eleven corpses. “They came in a Hilux, alighted in the community and began shooting people at will. “Some were in their shops and were shot and killed there. “In a commando style, all these killings took less than 5 minutes to execute and the killers zoomed off before anyone can even realized what had happened”, he narrated. It would be recalled that last week a pastor, his wife, three kids were roasted, while six other persons were also killed by suspected herdsmen in some communities of Foron District of Barkin Ladi LGA.
Also, the Berom Educational and Cultural Organisation (BECO) last week said they have lost 20 persons and over 225 farms with crops have been destroyed in the past three weeks as a result of attacks by suspected herdsmen.