Unknown gunmen on Sunday night killed 14 persons in two attacks on Dong and Kwi communities on the outskirts of Jos, the Plateau State capital.
The assailants reportedly invaded the Dong community and shot at the people sporadically, killing at least seven, including women and children.
The attack on Kwi took a similar pattern, leaving at least another seven dead and several others injured.
Spokesman of Police Command in Plateau state, Mr. Gabriel Ogaba, confirmed the incident. He said, “On Sunday 23/05/2021 at about 2000hrs, the Command received a distress call that yet to be identified gunmen came out suddenly from a nearby bush, invaded Dong Village, Jos South LGA and killed seven persons.
“A combined team of Policemen, Special Task Force, Vigilante operatives led by a Deputy Commissioner of Police, Department of Operation, raced swiftly to the scene but the hoodlums had already fled back into the bush.
“Investigation is ongoing, frantic effort is on to arrest the fleeing suspects. Meanwhile, Security has been beefed up in that area to prevent escalation of violence.”
Those killed in Dong community are Chiyena Oboche, Divine Oboche, Victoria Matthew, Praise Matthew, Danladi Matthew, Mr. Gospel, and Mr. Istifanus.
Lamenting the attacks, the Senator representing Plateau North in the National Assembly, Istifanus Gyang, said in a statement that it was disheartening that, “Shortly after the Inspector General of Police issued a security alert on likely terror attacks on Jos and the FCT, the blood merchants have visited terror on Dong community, adjacent Wild Life Park, Jos and Kwi village, adjacent Yakubu Gowon Airport Jos where a total of 14 persons were butchered to dead, including children.”
Condemning the attacks, the Senator revealed that “available information indicates that some persons at a meeting with the Police the week preceding the attacks vowed to visit mayhem on helpless communities. It is therefore incumbent on the Plateau State Police Commissioner to arrest and prosecute those very persons forthwith.”
He also called for decisive action against persons that are known to security agencies for the serial killings, displacemment and forceful occupation of ancestral homelands of communities in Plateau North. He added that inaction on this matter will amount to condonation and complicity.