Nigeria has been experiencing an upsurge in violence in recent weeks, with sporadic attacks in several towns across the country. Unidentified gunmen reportedly killed eight people in an attack on a mining site in Plateau State. The attack, which took place on Friday night and Saturday, sent the entire community into a tizzy.
In the midst of a fierce war against terrorism in its north, but also large-scale banditry, Nigeria has been under severe strain in recent weeks, due to several attacks in some of its cities. On Friday night, suspected gunmen killed eight people in an attack on a mining site in Shawalan Kuru, Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State. The bodies were handed over to their relatives after the visit to the site by the Leader of Jos South Council, Hon. Emmanuel Jang.
The Plateau Deputy Commissioner of Police, Tafida, who represented his superior, expressed condolences to all the people of Jos South, especially the Kuru community. He called for calm and cooperation among them and advised them not to take justice into their own hands. Tafida promised to work with their leaders to carry out discreet investigations to arrest the perpetrators.
Meanwhile, Plateau Governor, Simon Lalong, confirmed the killing of eight miners in a press statement by his Director of Public Affairs, Dr Makut Macham, on Saturday in Jos, describing the incident as an attempt to destabilise the state. He said the objective of the criminals was to instil fear in the state, while warning perpetrators of such attacks on innocent people.
Lalong ordered the security forces to hunt down the perpetrators of this heinous act, which threatens the peace enjoyed by the state. Stressing that the presence of « unidentified gunmen » would no longer be tolerated, he also charged residents to assist the law enforcement agencies in gathering intelligence on criminal activities.