By Taye Obateru & Akaninyene Ezekiel
Jos— A village head, his wife and a little girl said to be their relation were on Wednesday murdered by gunmen at Kachin village around Kurra Falls in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State.
This came as the Commander of the Special Task Force, STF, in Jos, Major-General Henry Ayoola, has decried cases of isolated killings in Plateau State despite all efforts by security agencies and other stakeholders to ensure lasting peace is returned to the state.
However, two of the gunmen were killed by security men who responded to a distress call from the village.
The latest attack came barely two days after a similar one on Chacha village in Jos South Local Government Area during which four members of a family were gunned down.
Vanguard learnt that the gunmen stormed the house at about midnight on Wednesday, killing the village head, his wife and their young relation.
Anti riot policemen who responded to the distress call from the village were said to have caught up with the assailants, gunning down two of them in the process.
Police spokesman, Emmanuel Abuh, confirmed the incident and the killing of two of the attackers by “some gallant policemen”.
He said the bodies of those killed had been deposited at the Air Force Military Hospital, Jos.
Ayoola said the challenge would be overcome if every Nigerian resident in the state showed commitment to love, peace and true forgiveness.
In his capacity as the chairman at a one-day sensitization workshop organised by the Plateau State Tourism Corporation in collaboration with Husak Consulting Nigeria Limited for stakeholders in the tourism sub-sector, he maintained the theme of the workshop which is Tourism and Terrorism, an appraisal is apt as it would give participants the clue on how to manage the tourism industry despite the challenges of terrorism and insecurity.
In his keynote address, the State Commissioner for Tourism, Culture and Hospitality, Sylvanus Dongtoe, represented by the ministry’s Director of Tourism, Mr. Paul Danbaba, decried increase in terrorism acts not only in the nation but globally saying such is detrimental to the industry as no one would want to visit anywhere in an atmosphere of fear.
He maintained tourism creates job and accrue revenue to government and advocated tourism police as seen in Israel and Palestine so that acts of terrorism would not cut off the source of revenue.
However, the General Manager of Plateau State Tourism Corporation, Mr. Michael Zi and the Managing Director of Husak Consulting, Engr. Emmanuel Ocheja respectively stated that security challenge was a global threat which is being combated to ensure a safe haven for tourists.
The duo appreciated the efforts of the security personnel in restoring peace in the state and urged every citizen to give them their support.
Meanwhile, participants were drawn from Christian and Islam religious organisations, land, rail and air transport sector, hoteliers, club owners, recreational centres.