Sixteen persons have been reported killed in two separate attacks in Jos North and Riyom Local Government Areas of Plateau State by men suspected to be herders.
Eyewitnesses revealed that the attack in Dong village of Jos North occurred at about 8.00 p.m. on Sunday as the village came under siege with sporadic gunshots.
The Village Head, Daniel Choji told the press on Monday, May 24, that the attackers came under the cover of darkness to unleash terror on the Plateau community. He said the attack left eight persons dead comprising of five females, two males, and an infant.
In another attack in Kwi village of Riyom Local Government area just about a kilometre distance to the Yakubu Gowon Airport, the attackers invaded the community on Sunday night leaving eight people dead and one injured.
The member representing the Constituency in the Plateau State House of Assembly, Timothy Dantong confirmed that four males and four females were killed in the attack.
According to Dantong, the attack was barbaric, senseless, and inhuman. He also called on security operatives to live up to their responsibilities by responding to distress calls earlier and ensure that perpetrators of the heinous acts are apprehended accordingly.
In a statement from the Police Public Relations Officer in Plateau state, Gabriel Ubah, the command received a distress call from the community and responded with the deployment of a combined team of security personnel an Assistant Commissioner of Police to repel the attackers.
“A combined team of policemen; personnel of Operation Safe Haven; and Vigilance operatives raced to the scene; but the hoodlums had fled into the bush.
“Investigation is on-going, Frantic effort is on to arrest the fleeing suspects.
“Meanwhile security has been beefed up in that area; to prevent escalation of violence or reprisal,’’ he added.
Meanwhile, the House of Reps has set in motion plans to prevent some ministries, departments, and agencies from further spending; and diverting the revenue they generate; especially the Nigerian Ports Authority; the Nigerian Communications Commission; and the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency.
According to reports, the affected MDAs will now be confined to the Single Treasury Account of the Federal Government; while they can only spend funds and for the purpose, they were appropriated by the National Assembly.
Chairman of the Reps Committee on Public Accounts, Mr Wole Oke, stated that there are sponsored four bills; seeking to amend the NPA, NCC and NIMASA Acts as well as the Fiscal Responsibility Act.
Oke particularly cited the current issues in the NPA; under the leadership of the suspended Managing Director, Hadiza Bala-Usman.