Again: Gunmen attack Jos kill over 36 persons
The Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong has re-imposed a 24-hour curfew in Jos, following the fresh attack on Yelwa Zangam community where over 36 persons were killed and houses burnt.
It was reported that, Hours after President Muhammadu Buhari met behind closed doors with Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State in the Presidential Villa, Abuja, some gunmen, on Tuesday night, turned the state to a theatre of war, as they attacked Yelwan Zangam community, close to the permanent site of the University of Jos (UNIJOS), killing about 36 people and burning houses.
According to the report, the attack occurred around 9:00 p.m. The attackers shot sporadically, gunning down fleeing residents and burning some others in their homes.
In a statement by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, the Presidency also accused the Governor of deliberately escalating the farmers/herders crisis in his state, thereby causing more deaths of the innocent.
“We are all affected by what is happening in Plateau, but please, calm down as the government is doing everything possible to end the killings. We are your representatives, we are going to follow up with relevant authorities to ensure that peace returns to the state,” he said.
Despite the address by the Speaker, the youth were not satisfied and they proceede to conveyed the remains of those killed to the Government House wailing and chanting sorrow songs asking the Governor to “eat” the flesh of the people killed in the attack.
In the meantime, authorities in Plateau have summoned an emergency security council meeting presided by the deputy governor, Prof. Sonni Tyoden, to discuss the current situation in the state.
The Governor appealed to the citizens of Jos North to cooperate with the Government by abiding to the 24-hour curfew, saying security agencies have been mandated to ensure that those who violate the curfew are arrested.
“Also, the 6pm to 6am curfew in Jos South and Bassa LGAs still remains in place until further notice. Only people on essential duties such as health personnel, journalists, fire service and para-military and others, are to be exempted from the curfew but should carry means of identification with them at all times.”
The governor called for calm, saying he is seriously grieved by the attacks, but urged them to show restraint and allow government to handle the matter to disallow hoodlums from taking advantage of the unfortunate situation to cause mayhem and destruction in the state.
Plateau State is one of the most blessed states in Nigeria and Africa at large in terms of natural resources, tourists centers, fertile land for agriculture among other natural endowments that attract both local and foreign investors.
Back in the days, Jos used to be the only state in northern Nigeria full of activities ranging from mining, farming, blacksmithing, business, crafting among other artisanal work.
But today, nobody wants to come or pass through Jos for fear of killings and attacks; the state loses millions of a naira daily.
Meanwhile, One of the victims, Blessing, said it was a miracle how she survived. She said she would have died having watched her mother and her seven siblings burnt to ashes. While raining curses on the attackers, she said her mother had begged the attackers to kill her only and leave the children but her pleas to the gunmen fell on deaf ears.
She said the attackers shot the room and set it ablaze, adding that she did not know how she survived.