Renewed violence in Langtang South Local Government Area of Plateau has claimed forty-eight lives, the Special Task Force (STF) in the state has said.
According to the STF, violence erupted last Thursday when gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen invaded the area.
STF spokesman, Capt. Salisu Mustapha, said in Jos that the invading gunmen killed 28 persons in Magama, Bongong and Karkashi communities, while the STF killed 20 of them in a gun duel that lasted several hours while many other assailants sustained gunshot wounds and were arrested by the STF.
He said some motorcycles, weapons and ammunition belonging to the invaders were also recovered.
Mustapha said that the attackers withdrew toward Yamini, Yelwa-Shendam and Agikamai villages in Shendam Local Government Area after the attack, pointing out that the situation had been brought under control as more troops had been deployed to secure the area.
“The STF personnel are conducting a robust patrol to guard against further attacks on innocent persons,” he said, urging people to go about their normal businesses and warned that security men would deal with anyone caught making trouble in the area.
“Individuals or groups of persons that have made themselves the enemies of the people will be treated as such because we shall fish them out and deal with them,” he warned.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of Langtang South Local Government, Naanman Darko, said that more than 6,000 displaced persons were taking refuge at the local government headquarters in Mabudi.
“In fact, more people are still trooping into the secretariat following rumours that more attacks are underway,” he said.
“The local government has been making arrangements to provide relief materials to the displaced persons. We have also reached out to the State Emergency Management Agency and had been assured that assistance is already underway,” he added.