A horrifying incident unfolded in Farin Lamba community situated in Vwang District, Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State, as unidentified gunmen unleashed a deadly attack, resulting in the heartbreaking loss of eight lives, including that of an eight-month-old infant.
The distressing information was shared by Mr. Rwang Tengwong, the National Publicity Secretary of Berom Youth Movement (BYM), in a statement issued on Monday in Jos.
As explained by Tengwong, the community was subjected to an attack by criminals on the night of Sunday.
‘The gunmen invaded the village at about 9:45p.m. on Sunday in a car and shot sporadically at the victims.’
‘Eight persons were killed including an eight-month-old baby.’
‘The minor was killed alongside the father; they were returning from the hospital,’ he stated.
The continuous loss of lives in various communities across Riyom, Barkin Ladi, Jos South, and Mangu local government areas deeply troubled Tengwong, who expressed his discontent and called for immediate action to tackle the issue.
‘The trend has led to massive destruction of farmlands, houses and other properties,’ he said.
Applauding the proactive steps taken by Maj.-Gen. Abdusalam Abubakar, the Commander of Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), Tengwong expressed his belief that the diligent efforts would lead to the reestablishment of peace in all the troubled areas within the state.
Tengwong specifically acknowledged the Federal and State Governments for their commendable decision to deploy mobile police personnel to communities that have been repeatedly targeted in attacks.
Tengwong hammered on the importance of being law-abiding and encouraged the residents of Plateau to collaborate with the security agencies, highlighting their joint responsibility in achieving sustainable peace in the state.
Multiple calls made to Mr. Alfred Alabo, the Public Relations Officer of the Plateau Police Command, went unanswered, yet a high-ranking Police officer substantiated the attack.