Attackers killed 22 commuters on a road near Jos, the capital of Plateau state, a morgue attendant told Reuters, in the latest outbreak of violence across Nigeria in which scores of civilians have been killed this year.
In Jos, capital of Plateau state in the country’s middle belt, a morgue attendant who asked to remain anonymous said security forces had brought 22 bodies to the hospital on Saturday.
A military spokesman said in a statement; that troops had responded to a distress call on Rukuba road in the Jos North local government area; and had likewise arrested 12 suspects after an unspecified number of people were killed and injured.
It appealed for further information and said it had stepped up security patrols in the area.
Governor Simon Bako Lalong said in a statement he would not allow any form of lawlessness to disrupt the state; and commended security agencies for their quick response.
Meanwhile, the Police have confirmed that 22 people were killed and 14 injured; during an attack on travellers in Gada-biyu, in the northern part of Plateau State.
The attack occurred on Saturday before midday and was also carried out by a group of youth; along with Rukuba Road in Jos North Local Government Area, the Plateau State police spokesperson, Ugah Garba.
The victims were in a convoy of five buses and were travelling from Bauchi State to Ikare in Ondo State when they were attacked in Plateau, the police said.
1st News also reported how the travellers, believed to be Islamic worshippers who are followers of a popular Islamic cleric, Dahiru Bauchi; were travelling in large groups from the Annual Islamic Zikr prayer in Bauchi State.
The police described the attack as a “dastard act.”
“Upon receipt of the report, a team of Police personnel, the military and other sister agencies; were immediately mobilised to the scene where twenty-one (21) victims were rescued and six suspects arrested,” the police said in a statement.
The Plateau State commissioner of police, Edward Egbuka, was said to have visited the scene along with military officers.
Egbuka ordered a discreet investigation to fish out other perpetrators of the act.
He said normalcy has returned to the area; assuring that those that incited the violence will be made to face the full wrath of the law.