At least four bodies were recovered yesterday in the killings in Plateau State. A community source said residents were able to recover the four dead bodies, adding that the “boys” had also gone in search of more bodies.
About 19 persons were killed in the same local government area in the early hours of Thursday when some people, suspected to be herdsmen, stormed Ariri village as residents were still in bed and destroyed many valuables. The attack on Ariri village was well-coordinated attack and lasted for just 20 minutes, while those attackers fled the scene in motorcycles after achieving their aim. They also destroyed many harvested farm produces in the attack.
In the renewed attack yesterday, a source close to the scene told journalists that the latest incident occurred about 10:55 pm on Thursday at Nkiendoro by gunmen, armed with sophisticated weapons, where were later repelled by men of the Operation Safe Haven that arrived at the nick of time.The source further stated that one policeman who sustained injuries during the attack was receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital in Jos, adding that 35 houses were also burnt and several farm produces destroyed.
When contacted, the state Police Public Relation Officer, Mathias Terna Tyopev, declined comment on the latest attack, saying: “I cannot say anything on this for now until the state commissioner of Police, who is attending a meeting in Government House returns with the Interior Minister, Lt-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd) finish their meeting.” In a related development, the headquarters of 3 Division, Nigerian Army, has described as a false and misleading, a report that eleven cars and two bodies had been recovered from the pond where the car of the missing Maj-Gen. Idris Alkali (rtd) was recovered.