Bandits kill 29 in Plateau villages
In Plateau State, gunmen attacked two villages and killed no less than 20 people.
It was learned that the killings took place on Monday night, around 9 pm.
Kubwat and Fungzai, two villages in the state’s Mangu Local Government Area, were impacted.
John Yakubu, a Fungzai community resident who saw the attacks, confirmed their existence on Tuesday.
Yakubu claimed that the gunmen killed 15 people, including his younger brother’s wife and her children, in the Fungzai community alone, and that a total of 29 corpses had been found.
“Last night, the gunmen arrived in large numbers and began firing,” Yakubu recalled. The terrified villagers began to flee, but they had no idea that other gunmen had set up ambushes and were shooting at them. I’m in the village of Fungzai as we speak. Last night, the attackers killed 15 people in this area (Fungzai), including my younger brother’s wife and children.
They also attacked the nearby village of Kubwat. We’ve found a total of 29 bodies so far, including women and children. We are suffering.
When contacted about the incident, the spokesman for the Plateau State Police Command, Alabo Alfred, did not return his calls, but security sources claimed that operatives had been sent to the affected villages.
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In a statement on Tuesday, Governor Simon Lalong expressed concern over the attacks.
The statement, which was signed by Macham Makut, the Governor’s Director of Press and Public Affairs, condemned the killings.”
The distressing news of an overnight attack on Kubat Village in Mangu Local Government Area, where some people, including women and children, were reportedly killed, woke up Tuesday, May 16, 2023, Plateau State Governor Simon Bako Lalong.
“Governor Lalong, who is deeply troubled by the tragic development, immediately ordered security forces to hunt down and apprehend the attackers.
He declares that the Government will stop at nothing to ensure that those responsible for this scheme are dealt with mercilessly, calling it yet another attempt by crisis merchants and criminals to bring back the State’s dark days of suffering and agony.
“While denouncing the crime, the governor expresses sympathy to the victims and guarantees that those responsible for the killings will face justice because whatever their motivations, their actions cannot be tolerated or justified.
“While a thorough investigation is being conducted, the Governor has equally directed the State Emergency Management Agency and the Peace Building Agency to visit the area and ascertain the humanitarian need to bring succor to the affected.”