April 19, 2024

Gunmen attack communities in two Plateau Councils

South Sudan gunmen kill 15 people in ambush

…Mutfwang condemns attacks, calls for calm

By Marie-Therese Nanlong

Jos – Fresh attacks have occurred in communities in the Mangu and Bokkos local government areas of Plateau State leading to the loss of yet to be confirmed number of persons.

Although the State Police Command and Operation Safe Haven, OpSH have not reacted to the development yet because their spokesmen couldn’t be reached at the time of the report other credible sources have confirmed the separate incidents.

The Transition Committee Chairman of Bokkos, Monday Kassah confirmed the incident saying, “There were series of attacks last (Thursday) night and these claimed six lives. The attackers are still very visible, they come two or three on a motorcycles and are rampaging in Mandung, Butura, Chikam and other communities around the State University, all communities are in the Butura District of Bokkos. Security agents are here and more deployments have been made. A student of the University was shot last night in his room outside the campus and another one was killed this morning.”

The Registrar of the University, Yakubu Ayuba also reacted as he said, “The University Community woke up to the sad news of another heartless attack on Chikam, a community close to the University. The sad event led to the loss of a 200L Computer Science student of the University residing in Chikam, by the name Dading James Jordan.

“This is coming despite the relentless effort by the Plateau State government, security agencies, the Management of the University and other stakeholders to improve the security situation on
our Campus and the surrounding communities. Unfortunately, the enemies of the University and the State brought this dastardly attack leading to the loss of our dear student. The Vice-Chancellor and the entire Management convey their condolences to the family of the
deceased, the student body and the University community.

“In view of this sad development, Management has declared a two-day mourning period on Friday 19th and Saturday 20th April 2024. Accordingly, all the examinations earlier scheduled for Friday, 19th April and Saturday 20th April 2024 are hereby suspended. While calling on our students to remain calm and law-abiding, we wish to call on the security agencies to beef up security around the University to secure staff and students as we look into other ways of making the University more secure.”
On the Mangu incident, it was gathered that the attackers invaded the Tilengpat community, Pushit District of Mangu and killed 12 persons.

The Transition Committee Chairman of Mangu, Markus Artu could also not be reached but an eyewitness, Israel Bamshak said those killed were mostly women and children.

Meanwhile, the State Governor, Caleb Mutfwang has condemned the development and appealed for calm as security agencies are working to restore normalcy.

He reassured citizens, particularly students, of the government’s unwavering commitment to safeguarding their lives and property, urged them to remain composed in the face of the tragedy, as the government is determined to apprehend and prosecute those responsible for the heinous acts.

Mutfwang in a statement by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Gyang Bere stressed the importance of collaboration among the University Management, students, community leaders, and security agencies for enhanced security and the safety of everyone in the area and extended his “heartfelt condolences to the family of the deceased student and all those affected by the incidents” praying for the swift recovery of the injured.