BANDIT: 17 killed, 85 Houses Destroyed In Plateau Attacks


Mr Edward Egbuka, the Plateau State Commissioner of Police, has said that 17 people were killed while 85 houses burnt in the recent attacks in Bassa and Riyom local government areas of the state.

Egbuka disclosed this on Monday while briefing reporters at the end of an emergency state security meeting held at the Government House, Jos.

He said there were attacks in JebbuMiango in Bassa Local Government Area where five people were killed on July 31 and 12 others killed on August 1 at Tambora in Riyom Local Government Area.

“There were attacks specifically at JebbuMiango on Saturday night, July 31 in which five people were killed and about 85 buildings burnt.

“The next morning, the attacks continued at Tambora in Riyom Local Government Area where 12 people were killed and some houses destroyed,” he said.

The police commissioner disclosed that some security personnel were also killed in the attacks.

He said Governor Simon Lalong has given orders to security personnel in the state to ensure that the situation was brought under control and to fish out the attackers.

“The Governor has read a riot act to us that we should move out and within two weeks bring to book all those that have perpetrated the attacks. This would be done,” he said.

He warned that instigators of reprisal attacks would not be spared saying, “human life is sacrosanct, and nobody can take it at will. There is a government on the ground and lawlessness would not be accepted,” he said.

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The Governor had said the meeting was convened to quickly address the security situation and chart strategies to nip crises in the bud.

Governor Lalong has ordered troops to take over vulnerable areas in Bassa, and Riyom local government areas and arrest attackers at all costs due to the deteriorating situation in these council areas of Plateau State.

He urged them to take immediate control of all vulnerable areas in Bassa and Riyom councils and clear the attackers that perpetrated the act within the areas.

The governor gave the directive at an emergency security council in Government House, Jos.

Briefing reporters after the meeting, Commissioner of Police Edward Egbuka said the Governor after receiving full briefs from the various security organs in the State and after exhaustive review of the situation, gave marching orders to the Police, Operation Safe Haven, Nigerian Army, DSS, Civil Defence, NSCDC and other collaborating agencies to reinforce and contain the situation without further delay.

The meeting was attended by top government functionaries, GOC, 3rd Armoured Division and top ranking security personnel as well as traditional rulers.

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