Not fewer than 11 persons were confirmed killed in Kulben village of Mangu Local Government Area of Platrau state.
Police spokesman in the state, DSP Tyopev Terna, confirmed the killings of the 11 persons by “suspected herders,” midnight Wednesday.
The Police said: “Today being 09/01/2020 at about 0730hrs, the Plateau State Police Command received an information that, at about 2230hrs, unknown gunmen suspected to be herdsmen attacked residents of Kulben village in Kombun district of Mangu LGA of Plateau State.
“As the result of the attack, one Klengchin Yusuf and eleven (11)others lost their lives while one person who was critically wounded is receiving treatment at the Mangu General Hospital.”
It said: “Investigation in the case is ongoing and the Command solicits for information from members of the public to facilitate early arrest and prosecution of perpetrators of the dastardly act to serve as deterrent to others.”
The state governor, Simon Lalong, has in press release signed by his director of press and public affairs, Dr. Makut Macham, also confirmed the incident condemned it.
“Governor Simon Lalong has condemned in strong terms the killing of innocent persons following an attack by gunmen at Kulben village in Kombun district of Mangu LGA on Wednesday 8th January 2020,” he said.
“The Governor in a reaction described the attack as another attempt to puncture the peace that has gradually returned to the State.”
Lalong while commiserating with victims and families of those killed, warned that his administration will not sit down and watch any group or individuals cause chaos in the State and retrun it to the dark days of insecurity.
He said “We have toiled to ensure that peace returns to Plateau State and we will not allow anyone to make nonsense our efforts.
“We are determined to deal decisively and firmly with anybody found culpable in attacking or inciting people to carry out attacks against one another.”
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He commended security agencies for arresting 7 suspects connected to the killings and restoring normalcy to the area.