At least 14 people were killed and five injured in a renewed attack on villages in Jos South and Bassa local government areas of Plateau State.
Chairman of Jos South Local Government, Hon Gideon Dandereng, who visited the scene of the incident, confirmed the attack.
On Sunday night, gunmen attacked Kuru village in Jos South and Zogu village in Bassa LGAs separately.
The killing of three herders around Afura/Maiyanga/Gidan Agu area, on the border between Riyom and Bassa LGAs, was reported on June 8, by youths suspected to have come from nearby Bassa LGA communities.
ASP Ubah Gabriel, the spokesperson for the Plateau State Police Command, confirmed the attack on Monday.
Ten people were killed in the attack, and personnel from the command had already been sent to restore peace to the affected areas.
In Jos South Local Government Area, ten persons were reported shot dead at a drinking joint at Sabon Layi, Kuru by yet to be identified gunmen who drove up in a Hilux, shot sporadically, and then fled.
The Command and the Military have deployed personnel to the affected area.
“The Commissioner of Police has ordered an immediate investigation into the circumstances surrounding the killing and to find out who committed that dastardly act.
According to the commissioner of police, whoever sponsors or participates in this unwanted killing in the state must be tracked down and will face the full wrath of the law.
In the incident that occurred in Kwi a few weeks ago, we have arrested three suspects. And for Dong, we have a list of suspects to be pursued”, he added.
Governor Simon Lalong, who visited one of the areas attacked, expressed shock and sadness over the recent killing of innocent citizens in Sabon Layi, Kuru in Jos South LGA, urging residents to increase surveillance and intelligence gathering, and to work with security agencies to foil such attacks, which are carried out in a hit-and-run fashion by criminals bent on disturbing peace.
The government will never let a few criminal elements foment fear among the citizens through unprovoked and isolated attacks on soft targets.