24 feared killed in fresh Plateau attack

Fresh attacks in two communities in Plateau State.

Some gunmen, Monday night, reportedly killed about 24 people in Atakar and Dajat communities of Ganawuri, Riyom Local Government Area of Plateau State, a lawmaker has said.

“18 persons were killed at Dajat, and six others were murdered at Atakar with several houses burnt,” a member of the state Plateau House of Assembly representing Riyom, Daniel Dem, said on Tuesday.

Mr. Dem said that residents of the two communities are currently displaced and are taking refuge in neighbouring communities.

The Plateau State Police Public Relations Officer, Felicia Anselm, confirmed the incident to PREMIUM TIMES but denied that there were fatalities. She also said arrests have not been made.

“Reports available to us indicate that some unknown people attacked Atakar community at about 16:00 hours, and several huts were burnt, but no life was lost. We have deployed more troops to the affected area,” she said.

PREMIUM TIMES learnt that some of the displaced persons were taking refuge in Ganawuri, while some others escaped to parts of Kaduna State.

The recent incident in Atakar community is coming barely 24 hours after a stakeholders’ security meeting between the police and traditional rulers in Plateau State. The meeting held on Monday in Jos and was convened by the Commissioner of Police, Chris Olakpe.

At the end of the meeting, Mr. Olakpe threatened to arrest traditional rulers of communities where violence persists.

Atakar and Dajat communities are boarder communities between Plateau and Kaduna states. They have, in recent times, been faced with persistent attacks by gunmen.

Hundreds of people have been killed in the last one year in various clashes among various interest groups in Plateau.

In another vain, Ms. Anslem confirmed the death of a man who was reportedly found hanging in a bush in the early hours of Tuesday in Rantya, along low cost housing estate in Jos South Local Government Area.

She said the police are on the trail of the perpetrators of the various crimes and they will be brought to book.

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