The Plateau State Governor, Caleb Mutfwang, on Monday mourned the death of four persons from renewed attacks on some communities by gunmen in the state
The governor’s condemnation followed fresh attack by gunmen in Dungwel community, Mangu Local Government Area of the state, which left the four persons dead on Sunday evening .
In a statement by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Gyang Bere, the governor expressed his resolve for justice, and directed security agencies to pursue the attackers, emphasising the need for them to face the full wrath of the law.
One of the relatives of the victims, Shedrack Gambo, who spoke with our correspondent, said the victims all died in the attack while some sustained degrees of injury.
“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,” Gambo said.
The spokesman for the Military Taskforce, Captain Oya James, confirmed the incident to PUNCH Metro in Jos on Monday.
“I have called the Commander of the FOB and he confirmed the figure and he further explained that when the troops got to the village. It was like the assailants went there for a specific person with the village head as the target.
“According to what the troops were told, the assailants on arrival were asking for the house of the village head. When the people saw what was happening, they started running away,” he said.
According to him, the gunmen burnt the house of the village head with his family members inside before the troops who were alerted rescued the victims.”
James added, “The village head also escaped but the assailants set his house ablaze. If not for the intervention of the soldiers, the wives of the village head and his children who were locked inside the house would have died because the house was still on fire when the troops got there and everywhere was filled with smoke.”
He added that the troops had to break into the house and rescue the people.