Some travellers have been stabbed to death in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State.
Daily Trust gathered that the victims were passing through Jos when they ran into the attackers.
Security sources told Daily Trust that at least 15 corpses have been deposited at a morgue of Plateau Specialist Hospital.
Muhammad Ibrahim, one of the passengers, who escaped the attack, said they were in a group of five 18 seater buses, returning from Bauchi State where they attended an event to commemorate the Islamic New Year.
He said the event held at Sheikh Dahiru Usman Bauchi, mosque, in Bauchi State.
“We ran into the armed gang at Gada-Biyu area of Jos North Local Government Area,” he said.
The spokesperson of the State Police Command, ASP Ubah Gabriel, told Daily Trust that security operatives had been deployed in the area.
He, however, said he did not have details of the incident and promised to call back as soon as information is available.
When our correspondent visited the hospital, some of the victims were seen being treated while others were referred to Jos University Teaching Hospital.
The State commissioner of Police, Edward Ebuka, and the General Officer Commanding 3rd armoured Division, Secretary to the Government of Plateau State, Prof. Danladi Atu, were also at the hospital.
Government of Plateau State, Prof. Danladi Atu, were present at the hospital.
Editor’s note: This story has been corrected to reflect that the victims were stabbed and not shot dead.
25 Killed In Plateau Attack
Twenty-Five persons were confirmed killed and 14 injured along Rukuba road in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau state on Saturday morning.
The victims were attacked while travelling from Bauchi en-route Jos to Ikare in Ondo state.
Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong has reacted to the incident in a statement signed by spokesperson Simon Makut.
The Governor condemned the attack and warned troublemakers bent on fomenting trouble in the state to desist as the government will not allow any form of lawlessness to disrupt the peace of the state.
The Governor said that attacks on innocent citizens, no their matter their background, will never be tolerated in the State and those who are found to be behind such attacks will be dealt with decisively to serve as deterrent and restore public order.
The statement added that the Governor has also directed security agencies to swiftly identify and arrest perpetrators.
The spokesperson of Operation Safe Haven, a military task force set up to maintain peace in Plateau State, Major Ishaku Takwa, said 12 persons have been arrested in connection with the incident, while normalcy has been restored in the area.