BY TAYE OBATERU & MARIE-THERESE NANLONG
Jos — About 20 people were again killed in Plateau State, yesterday, when gunmen invaded Mavou village in Wase Local Government Area.
The latest killing is coming barely 48 hours after over 30 people were killed in two villages of Riyom LGA.
Reports from Wase said the attackers who invaded the village at abut 2a.m. also torched abut 10 houses.
A resident who gave his name as Nangak said the attackers came in large number and shot sporadically as they raided the village.
The motive for the attack could not be immediately ascertained, but there had been skirmishes among communities in the local government for some time now.
It was learnt that additional security had been deployed to the area to restore normalcy.
Police spokesperson in the state, DSP Felicia Anslem confirmed the attack, but said she was yet to get the details.
Meanwhile, the Ambassador of Netherlands to Nigeria, Mr. John Groffen had urged citizens of Plateau State to sustain the peace being maintained in the state ahead of coming elections, describing peace as key to development.
Speaking, yesterday, while on an assessment visit to the University of Jos, he said the Royal Dutch Embassy was impressed with the efforts made by the institution in sustaining the peace in the communities in the state.
“The Kingdom of Netherlands has respect for Nigeria and cooperation has always existed between both countries. Nigeria is a power house in Africa hence its stability is vital to Netherlands.
“We are impressed by the institution’s achievements in peace building. As the state is getting set for local government election and the country prepares for the general elections next year, we know security issues are of importance to the stability of Nigeria and we urge all to continue to be peaceable,” he said.