Jos (codewit.com) â€” Six family members were killed yesterday morning at Rawhiku village in Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State by assailants suspected to be Fulani herdsmen who invaded the village killing two women and four children, while three others sustained injuries.
Confirming the incident, the spokesman of the Special Joint Task Force (SJTF), Lt. Col. Kingsley Umoh said, “we received a distress call from the village at about 2am, but due to the bad road leading to the village it took the SJTF about an hour to get to the village”. He disclosed that six persons were killed and three others sustained various degrees of injuries and were receiving treatment at a hospital.
According to Umoh, the situation is under control, he urged residents to remain calm and not to take the law into their hands, adding that the SJTF has intensified efforts to fish out those behind the attack.
However, members of the community embarked on a search operation to fish out the assailants, a suspect who was said to have missed his way was arrested and after interrogation he confessed to have been part of the attackers.
The suspect has since been handed over to the police, so as to give meaningful information that would lead to the arrest of others.
One of the villagers, who spoke to LEADERSHIP, said the suspect was caught after he missed his way, adding that he has been taken to the Rukuba road police outpost. At the police outpost, our correspondent found a large crowd of people outside, but it was confirmed that the suspect has been transferred to the police headquarters.
At the police post, the officer in charge, Inspector S.A. Ajobiewe, declined to comment on the incident, saying any enquiries should be made at the police headquarters.
Meanwhile, two young men one Nuhu Magaji and Tochukwu Iwegbuke were attacked and stabbed on their home by unknown assailants after attending the Jos Trade Fair; and in a critical condition; currently receiving treatment at the Bingham University Teaching Hospital, Jos.
Confirming the attack, Plateau State Police Public Relations Officer, Mohhamed Lerama stated that the attacks were as a result of the poor security situation at the trade fair. His words; “The attacks were not carried out at the venue of the trade fair, they happened when the victims had already left the premises of the trade fair”. Adding that, investigations are going on; and no stones will be left unturned, until the perpetrators are caught and made to face the wrath of the wall.