The Plateau State Government yesterday said gunmen, on Sunday night, killed six members of two families in the state.
A statement in Jos, the state capital, by the Commissioner for Information and Communication, Mr Yiljap Abraham, confirmed the killings.
Yiljap said: “The Plateau State Government has received reports of attacks on some communities in the state with great indignation.
“The unprovoked killing of six members of two families in their homes in Kungte village, Kanadap (near Marraraban Jama’a) in Kuru District of Jos South Local Government Area by gunmen on Sunday, September 1, is an evil and wicked act that should be condemned by all members of society.
“It is also a display of cowardice by the perpetrators who, under the cover of darkness, deliberately chose to visit violence on vulnerable members of society – women and children – to achieve clearly devilish designs.
“Such attacks, coming at a time the state has been mostly peaceful for quite some time, appears a desperate attempt to reverse the gains of our hard-earned efforts in breaking down the barriers of ethnic and religious intolerance and thereby rebuilding the bridges of communal consensus.
“Such intentions will fail because Plateau people have made up their minds to live in peace with one another and, together with the state government and security agencies, they will frustrate every attempt at taking the state back to the days of bloodshed and gloom. The current level of peace in the state is for consolidation, not evaporation!
“The government shares the pains of victims of these heinous crimes and declares that those behind such acts will face justice in the long run. We call on communities to remain alert always and work closely with security agencies in the sustenance of peace.
“Meantime, security agencies have intensified their cordon-and-search operations and will take other steps to enforce their constitutional responsibility of maintaining law and order.”
The Plateau State Police Command yesterday confirmed the killing of five members of a family at Kunte village, near Maraba Jama’a, in Jos South Local Government Area of the state, by some gunmen.
Police spokesman, Felicia Anslem, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jos, the state capital, that the murder took place around 10.45pm on September 1.
Anslem said those killed were a “father, mother and three children”.
The spokesperson said investigation into the killings has begun, adding that the police were doing their best to apprehend the culprits.
“The police had dispatched a team to search for the perpetrators of this criminal act, so that they would be brought to justice,” she said.
Anslem said the incident was neither a crisis nor connected with religious or ethnic inclination but was purely an act of criminality.
“The moment something like this happens, many people tend give other meanings, but it was purely a criminal act, which must be taken as such,” she said.