By Temitope Owotoki
Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State on Tuesday condemned last Sunday’s violence in Jos communities in which at least five people were killed and over twelve houses destroyed
Lalong’s reaction came amidst a fresh attack by gunmen in Riyom Council area of the state which claimed the lives of six people.
Governor Lalong in a statement by Yakubu Dati, his Commissioner for Information, condemned last Sunday’s violence that engulfed some parts of the city of Jos.
While praising the resolve of citizens to resist being lured into violence, the Governor said the ability of residents to work with security agencies to prevent it from spilling to other areas is a testimony of the deepening peacebuilding effort of the government and people of the state.
He said such behaviour has given the state and its people a positive image and should be sustained.
Mr. Mathias Typoyev, Spokesman for the State Police Command, who confirmed the fresh attack in a statement in Jos on Tuesday, said six people lost their lives in the fresh attack on Monday evening.
“On the 28/05/2019 at about 0600hrs one Dalyop Boyi, ‘m’ , the Youth Leader of Nakai Danwal village in Riyom Local Government Area of Plateau State reported to the Plateau State Police Command that at about 1900hrs, unknown gunmen attacked the house of Gyang Dachung ‘m’ of Nakai Danwal village, as a result, six persons lost their lives.
“The Command mobilised to the village, the photographs of the corpses were taken and released to the relatives on demand and they were buried according to their traditional rites.
“The Deputy Commissioner of Police Department of Operations, Plateau State Command, visited the scene.
“The police patrol of the area is being intensified in order to discourage any reprisal.
“The Command is soliciting credible information to track and arrest the perpetrator(s) to face Justice,” he said.