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3 Vigilante Members Killed In Plateau Community

Three people have been reportedly killed in a night attack on Thursday, as gunmen, suspected to be Fulani Herdsmen, attacked Tah, Dong Community of Jos North, Local Government Area in Plateau State.

Following this development, there was tension around Wildlife Park, federal low cost, Mado village and other surrounding settlements in the area.

Our correspondent gathered that the gunmen attacked Dong community when they laid ambush on the vigilante group and killed three of them.

It was learnt that before the attack, there were rumours that the community would be attacked and the people were seen bringing vehicles to pack their belongings in the afternoon before the attackers came calling around 9pm and were shooting sporadically.

LEADERSHIP Weekend recalls that Dong Kassa, Jos North LGA and Rafiki Village in Basa, were simultaneously attacked last week.  Two security personnel and more than five civilians were killed in the attack while COCIN Dong Kassa was set ablaze by the attackers.

At the time of filing this report, our reporter, who visited Dong Village, observed that the situation is calm as security personnel have taken over the situation except for fear by residents of further attacks and grief over the lives lost.

Public Relations officer of the state police command, ASP Tyopev Terna, confirmed the sad incident. He said, “3 persons were killed in Dong attack. We got a distress call from the community and the Commissioner of Police swiftly deployed men to the community and they repelled the attackers. Security has been beefed up and normalcy has returned to the area,” he added.

Meanwhile, Governor of Plateau State, Rt Hon Simon Lalong, has appealed for

calm, following the attack last night by armed gunmen in Dong village of Jos North Local Government Area of the State, which culminated in the unfortunate loss of lives of some people in the area.

The Governor, in a statement issued on Friday and signed by Hon Yakubu Dati,

the Commissioner of Information and Communication, noted that relative calm

has been restored to the area following the deployment of adequate security and urged the people to remain law-abiding.

Governor Lalong therefore sympathised with the bereaved and injured, assuring

them that government is taking steps to alleviate their pains.

He called on citizens to volunteer useful information to security agencies that would lead to the arrest of the criminals and also enjoined the good people of the State to resist the temptation of spreading wild and unfounded rumours that tend to aggravate the situation.

Governor Lalong also said that security agencies have been directed to do

everything possible to smoke out the perpetrators of the crime from their

hideouts in order to end the repeated orgy of violence in the state.

“Besides the logistic support to security agencies, the state government has already procured 51 operational vehicles to enhance their operations.

“This is in addition to the upgrade of the communication gadgets at the State Police Command Headquarters, aimed at augmenting the efforts of the security personnel, some of whom have paid the supreme price,” the statement added.

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