The victims of bandit assaults on four villages in Plateau State on Sunday morning were accorded mass burials by their communities yesterday.
Residents claim that over 100 dead have been retrieved and buried, but the police and state administration have not released an official tally.
On Monday, Shauntv reported that bandits attacked the villages of Kukawa, Gyanbahu, Dungur, and Keram about 11 a.m., killing several people and injuring many more. READ MORE
To make it impossible for locals to contact for aid, the robbers set over 100 houses on fire and demolished the telecom mast.
Yesterday, further bodies of individuals attempting to flee their assailants were discovered in adjacent bushes.
ASP Ubah Gabriel, the Plateau State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), said extra officers had been deployed in the region, but he did not provide casualty statistics.
“I have yet to get specific information on the number of people murdered and the number of houses burned down. “As soon as I have it, I’ll notify the press,” he added. However, Alh Dayyabu Garga, Chairman of the Dangi Local Government Area, which includes the villages, verified to our correspondent that more than 100 bodies had been buried.
“Myself and others have visited the villages that have been impacted.” We buried nearly a hundred people with the help of the locals. However, security has been deployed in an attempt to restore order. This is the first time in Kanam that such an atrocity has occurred.
According to Adam Musa, a Kukawa local, 45 people were slain in Kukawa, 31 in Gyanbahu, six in Dungur, and 31 in Keram.
Many have been referred to various hospitals for treatment, including Dangi General Hospital in Kanam LGA of the state.
Meanwhile, Governor Simon Bako Lalong has ordered the state’s security forces to pursue the culprits of the heinous crime.
Terrorists and other criminals would find it impossible to establish bases in any region of the state, according to the governor’s Director of Press and Public Affairs, Dr Makut Simon.
He also ordered the state disaster management agency and the Peace Building Agency to visit the affected regions right away, examine the situation, and give assistance and trauma counselling to the residents.