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Death toll in attack on Plateau villages rises to 100 - Police

Death toll in attack on Plateau villages rises to 100 - Police

- The Plateau state police command says it had no premonition that an attack would occur in the state

- President Buhari says he was elected to protect lives and property

The Plateau state police command has said the death toll in attack on villages in the state has risen to 100.

The Plateau state commissioner of police, Undie Adie, gave the official figure during a telephone interview on Channels TV on Tuesday, June 26.

He said the police had no premonition that such assault would take place, but acted as soon as it learnt of the attack.

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“We moved in and discovered that in one, eight persons died. In the other, one person. There was also an attempt by some youths in Jos South who came out and blocked the road,” he said.

“When we mobilised and cleared them, we discovered that five other persons had also died. And that makes it 100.

“Immediately we got wind of this, we got in and started moving in from the community to community. And at the end of it, we confirmed 86 people dead.

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“And at the end of it, we confirmed 86 people dead and that was the number that we reported first. Later in the neighbouring local government of Riyom, it was discovered that two other remote villages had been attacked."

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to protect lives and properties of Nigerians. The president said this on Tuesday, June 26, in Jos at a meeting with stakeholders on the current security situation in Plateau.

It would be recalled that scores of the people were killed in several communities across four local government areas of the state. Vice President Yemi Osibanjo was in the state on Monday where he assessed the situation and also interacted with stakeholders.

Less that 24 hours, the President came himself to console the people and interact with them.

Buhari condemned the killings and charged the leadership at every level to be awake to their responsibility of driving the peace process.

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