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Unidentified gunmen have gunned down seven persons and burnt 250 houses in some communities in Miango chiefdom of Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau.

A statement issued by the Iregwe Development Association (IDA) and signed by Mr Davidson Malison, its National Publicity Secretary, on Sunday, in Jos, said the attackers also injured many others and destroyed over 40 farmlands in the area.

He explained that the incident occurred on Saturday night, adding that the injured were currently receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital.

“The attack, which lasted for over four hours unhindered, left over 250 houses razed down in Zanwra, Nche-Tahu, Rikwe-Rishe A and B, Ri-Dogo, Nchu-Nzhwa all in Jebbu-Miango communities of Miango chiefdom.

“Seven persons were killed, while several others were injured and are receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospitals. Over 40 farmlands with a variety of crops were completely destroyed and several household items and domestic animals were carted away,” Malison said.

Malison, who described the situation as “unfortunate”, urged government and security agencies to intensify effort towards securing the lives and property of the people.

ASP Ubah Ogaba, the Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Plateau command, who confirmed the incident to newsmen, said that the command had since deployed its personnel to the area to ensure law and order.

“The Police is on top of the situation; more personnel have been deployed to the area. Investigation is also ongoing to bring the perpetrators to book,” he said

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