Harvest of Deaths in Plateau-17 Killed in Sunday Night Attacks


Reports have it that no less than 17 persons were murdered in Kushe community, Kuru District of Jos South local government area of Plateau state, on Sunday night. The overnight killing rage was reportedly undertaken by suspected herdsmen.
According to reliable sources, the wanton Killings, described by eye witnesses as wanton, took place simultaneously in two separate communities, Kushe and Zolgo, at the end of which 12 and 5 persons respectively were gunned down.
Sources say the killers swooped on the two communities at about 9:30pm following after which they began shooting at the residents as the latter scampered to safety. Eye witnesses also have it that beside those confirmed as dead, several other persons who sustained various degrees of injury are being treated at certain hospitals nearby.
“I don’t know why people will come from different places to come and kill people and just go. I appeal to security agencies to fish out the perpetrators. I condemn this act in totality and I want these people fished out,” district head, Gwom Rwey Kuru, Da Patrick Mandung, who confirmed the incident, lamented while speaking with newsmen.
While also condemning the murderous attacks, the communities’ Jos South/Jos East Federal constituencies representative at the House of Reps, Hon Dachung Musa, urged various governments to live up to their responsibilities of securing lives and property or enable the people to defend themselves. According to him, it those with the responsibility to protect the people fail to do so for whatever reason, they should empower the peopleto defend themselves.
“You can imagine that 12 lives were wiped out in this attack. Government must rise to its responsibility of protecting lives and property. Security must not be one-sided. Government must provide security to all.
If the government cannot protect the people then the people must defend themselves. This is the reason why we have been talking about the need for State Police and therefore intelligent gathering is very key in this regard. Security must not allow this kind of barbaric act again. A generation has been wiped out.
I want to assure the people that I will stand by them. I will stand with the families that have lost their loved ones,” he promised.
While also urging security agencies to live up to their responsibilities by bringing the culprits to justice, chairman, Jos South council area management committee, Ambassador Gideon Davou Dandereng, described the killings as barbaric and unacceptable.
“You can see what happens here. This is a home where people live. They were attacked and killed. This is barbaric and human. this is what humans can do to their fellow humans.”
The state police command’s spokesperson, ASP Gabriel Uba Ogaba, who has since confirmed the incident, noted that the command has, in collaboration with the military, drafted its personnel to the affected communities, adding that the command has”…ordered immediate investigation to unravel circumstances surrounding the killings and to bring the perpetrators to book.”

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