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Tension in Jos as gunmen kill 14


The Plateau State Police Command has confirmed the killing of many people on Thursday by unknown gunmen in Rukuba Road, Jos North Local Government Area of the state.
The development followed the killing of 14 persons at Rukuba road by unknown gunmen.
The assailants were said to have attacked the home of a prominent woman in the area, simply known as “Mama-Kogi” at about 9:00pm on Thursday, killing her and members of her family.
The development degenerated into violence in the area, and escalated to Gada-biu, where two other persons were killed, and Akpata, where another person was also killed.
Spokesman of the police,
Tyope Terna, confirmed the unfortunate incident in a press statement on Friday.
According to the statement:
“On the 27/09/2018 being Thursday at about 2205hrs, the Plateau State Police Command Control Room in Jos received a distress call to the effect that there were sporadic gunshots at Rukuba Road opposite Kowa Hotel, Jos.
“The Command after receiving the report mobilised patrol teams immediately to the scene of crime.
“The unknown gunmen who took advantage of the ongoing rain in the area to attack residents were forced to run from the scene by the combined superior gun fire of the Police and the Operation Safe Haven (STF).
“Some people who reside close to the hills were rescued while some persons lost their lives as a result of the attack and some others sustained gunshot injuries and were rushed to Bingham University Teaching Hospital, Jos and are currently receiving treatment.
“The combine security is out to contain the situation in Jos. As such, members of the public are to remain calm and law abiding. Patrol of the area is being intensified and investigation in the crime has commenced”.
The killings led to protest by angry youths who blocked major roads on Friday.
Tension has engulfed Jos, the statement e capital as residents deserted the city centre.
The protesters were seen burning tyres on the roads in what residents fear may lead to religious crisis.
Business activities have been shut and many roads deserted in the Plateau capital.
Security personnel were, however, seen patrolling major parts of the city.
The Plateau State Government has imposed a dusk to dawn curfew in Jos North and Jos South local governments following the tension.
A statement by the Acting Secretary to the state government, Richard Tokma said: “Sequel to security breach in some parts of the Jos North, Gov. Simon Lalong, has approved the imposition of a disk-to-down curfew from 6: P.M to 6: A.M in Jos North and Jos South LGAs with immediate effect.
“However, while assuring of lives and properties of the people, citizens are advised to exercise restrain to remain calm and report any suspicious movement to the law enforcement agents.”


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