None of the attackers has been identified or arrested.
The Special Task Force (STF) in charge of security in Plateau on Tuesday confirmed that 37 persons were killed and five others injured in multiple attacks in Barkin Ladi and Mangu Local Government Areas.
A statement signed by Captain Salisu Mustapha, the Media Officer of the STF, in Jos said that the coordinated attacks were carried out around 2 a.m. on Tuesday morning by unknown gunmen.
Mustapha said that the attacked communities were Katu Kapang, Daron, Tul and Rawuru villages in Barkin Ladi and Mangu Local Government Areas.
“The attackers killed about 13 persons in Katu Kapang, eight in Daron, nine in Tul and seven others in Rawuru. About five others were also reported to have sustained injuries.”
“On receiving the report, STF personnel swiftly moved to the scenes to bring the situation under control but the gunmen fled on sighting the troops.”
“STF Commander, Maj.-Gen. David Enetie, has visited the villages to assess the situation and he has vowed that no stone would be left unturned to fish out the perpetrators of this dastardly act,’’ he said.
Mr. Mustapha called on the people of Plateau to desist from any acts of violence, urging them to remain law-abiding while going about their lawful businesses.
He urged them to cooperate with the security agencies and jealously guard the relative peace being enjoyed in the state.
The STF spokesman vowed that the task force would not fold its arms and watch the situation get out of order.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, in Plateau, Sonja Bewarang, officiated a mass burial of 15 of the corpses at Tatu area of Barkin Ladi council.
Mr. Bewarang blamed security operatives for allowing the attack to occur.
Among the victims were pregnant women and children.
PREMIUM TIMES had reported the tension in Barkin Ladi last week after some Fulani youth were allegedly killed by members of another ethnic group. The police had said they had stationed officers to prevent the breakdown of law and order in the area.
Hundreds of people have been killed in ethno-religious crisis in Plateau this year with the Special Task Force, a joint operation of all security agencies, unable to prevent the attacks from occurring.