The Plateau State government has condemned Sunday night’s killing of six members of two families in their homes at Kungte village in Jos South Local Government Area of the state.
Unknown gunmen attacked the village at about 8pm on Sunday killing six people in two compounds. The gunmen said to have been armed with sophisticated weapons, shot sporadically into the compounds.
A statement issued by commissioner for information and communication, Yiljap Abraham, described the incident as an evil and wicked act that should be condemned by all members of society, adding that It is a display of cowardice by the perpetrators who under the cover of darkness deliberately chose to visit violence on women and children.
“Such an attack, coming at a time when the state has been mostly peaceful for quite sometime appears a desperate attempt to reverse the gains of our hard-earned efforts in breaking down the barriers of ethnic and religious intolerance and thereby rebuilding the bridges of communal consensus,” he said
Abraham added that security has been beefed up in the affected areas to check any further breach of the peace.
Confirming the killing, the Police public relation officer in Plateau State, Felicia Anslem, told the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Jos that the incident involved father, mother and three children in a family.
Anslem stated that investigations are underway into the killing and that police was doing its best to apprehend the assailants.
Last week, six people, including a pregnant woman, were ambushed and killed at Bisichi while returning to their villages from Bukuru by uniidentified gunmen.