By Luka Retle Kumbet
Gunmen have reportedly invaded some communities in Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State leading to report of killings of scores of persons.
Confirming the incident in statement signed by the Director General of the Plateau Peace Building Agency, Joseph Lengmang and made available to newsmen in Jos on Monday, the DG lamented that the current attack is coming on the heels of pockets of attacks recorded in some parts of Barkin Ladi and Jos North LGA in the last few days.
The Agency condemned, in totality, what he called “the resurgence of violence because of its potential to throw the state back into those dark days where human lives and property are destroyed at the slightest provocation.”
He commiserated with all those that have been affected by the unfortunate development especially those who lost loved ones and prayed for quick recovery of persons who sustained various degrees of injuries.
The Peace Building Agency further added that the attacks in Murish village, Bokkos LGA and Jwak Mai Tumbi in Mangu LGA “are orchestrated attempt to instill fear in the minds of the people even as the wet season sets in.”
It urged security operatives to go after “these retrogressive elements in order to arrest the deteriorating security situation.”
The body also called on the Traditional institutions in the affected communities, the elders, youths, women and community leaders to rise up to their responsibilities by prevailing on their subjects to tow the path of peace in resolving all issues of conflict through dialogue and other Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanisms.
Our correspondent reports that when contacted the State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Alfred Alabo confirmed the incident.
He said there are reports that an attack took place in the communities, but “we do not have concrete information at the moment.”
He added that the DPO and the Area Commander are currently on top of the situation, “as soon as they give us a detailed report, we will be able to say much on it,” he stressed.