Black Christmas: Governor Mutfwang Reacts As Gunmen Kill Over 70 in Plateau, Raze Houses

Black Christmas: Governor Mutfwang Reacts As Gunmen Kill Over 70 in Plateau, Raze Houses

  • Governor Caleb Mutfwang has strongly condemned the recent attack by unknown gunmen in Plateau state
  • This comes as the casualty figures rise with search teams recovering more bodies in the affected communities
  • Meanwhile, the latest attack in the Bokkos and Barkin-Ladi communities leaves many residents in shock as recovery efforts intensify journalist Esther Odili has over two years of experience covering political parties and movements

Plateau state, Jos - The festive season turned tragic in Plateau state as assailants unleashed coordinated attacks on Bokkos and Barkin-Ladi local government areas of Plateau state, resulting in the deaths of at least 76 people.

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The unprovoked attacks attracted the attention of Governor Caleb Mutfwang. Photo credit: Caleb Mutfwang, Monday Kasa
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Governor Mutfwang saddened by the attack on communities in Plateau state

Confirming the development, the Transition Implementation Committee Chairman of Bokkos area, Monday Kasa, disclosed that the coordinated attacks occurred on Saturday, December 23, and lasted into Christmas Eve, December 24, when residents were already in the festive mood.

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The local government boss explained further to Channels TV, that the casualty figures are increasing as more dead bodies are been recovered by the team of security personnel.

He added that several houses were set ablaze by the attackers who also looted farm produce and destroyed properties in the process.

Reacting, Governor Caleb Mutfwang, who condemned the act, called for a swift action and community vigilance in the affected communities, The Punch reported.

In a statement signed by the director of press and public affairs, Gyang Bere, the governor directed security agencies to promptly apprehend the perpetrators responsible for the heinous acts and ensure they face the full force of the law.

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Earlier, reported that gunmen fatally shot at least four individuals in Dungwel village, located in the Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State, during an attack on Sunday, December 10, evening.

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According to Punch, Shedrack Gambo, a relative of the victims, said that all the victims lost their lives in the assault, with some others sustaining varying degrees of injuries.

Gambo said:

“They all died in the attack, and others were also injured in the incident. The community is presently in shock and grieving. Please, pray for us.”

Kaduna bombing: Military to punish drone officers? CDS gives update

In another development, reported also that the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Christopher Gwabin Musa, issued a strong statement regarding the error bombing by troops in Kaduna state.

General Musa, who reeled out an update from the aftermath of the tragic incident, told journalists in Abuja that the investigation is still ongoing.

He stated that drone officers who are found wanting after the investigation would face the wrath of the military.


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