Jos Violence: Seven Persons Killed in Sunday Skirmishes, Lalong Reveals

Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, has revealed that seven persons were killed on Sunday in the aftermath of the attacks on worshippers in churches in Jos.

THISDAY had reported that churches in Terminus and Faringada axes were attacked and scores including a student of University of Jos was killed.

Confirming that in a press statement, the Director of Press to the Governor, Simon Machan, said that the police reported that seven persons were killed, adding however that the situation has been brought under control.

The statement read: “Heads of security agencies in Plateau State on Sunday, 15th August 2021 briefed Governor Simon Bako Lalong on the security situation in the state and the level of implementation of the curfew imposed on Jos North, Jos South and Bassa LGAs.

“The heads of the security agencies present at the closed-door meeting with the governor include the Commander, Operation Safe Haven and GOC 3rd Armoured Division, Commissioner of Police, Air Force Commander, and state Director DSS.

“Commissioner of Police Edward Egbuka said the imposition of the 24 hour curfew on Jos North from this Sunday has curtailed the spread of violence in the Jos metropolis where seven persons were killed.

“According to him, a total of 36 persons from Saturday’s attack were rescued unhurt and in good condition. He said so far, more persons have been arrested and investigation is still ongoing.”

The statement also said that the Commissioner of Police addressed the controversy over the identity of those behind the attacks saying: “These are miscreants and hoodlums who want to take advantage of the situation to cause trouble and loot. This is not the first time it has happened. We don’t want to name anybody. It’s just miscreants and miscreants will also want to take advantage.”

The CP, according to the statement, assured the people that the security agencies will go all out to ensure that they fish out the criminals and miscreants who must be made to face the law of the land.

Also, the Co-Chairmen of the Plateau Inter-Religous Council, Rev. Prof. Pandang Yamsat and Emir of Wase, Alhaji Muhammadu Sambo Haruna, had met with the governor behind closed doors to discuss the intervention of the Council in calming the current situation.

They disclosed that the Council will be carrying out its engagements to further douse the tension.

(THISDAY)