Olusegun Ariyo

Again, reaction coming with protest has rocked plateau state capital while inhabitants killings have attracted protest after it was discovered many had died while others were said to have been injured Following the killings of 36 persons in an attack on  Yelwa Zangam community in the Jos North Local Government Area of the state on Tuesday.

This was just as eight persons were allegedly killed by suspected herders in the Yelwata community, Guma Local Government Area of Benue State on Tuesday

Angry youths in the viral video were seen in their footage to have stormed some hospitals, including the Plateau State Specialist Hospital, Jos, where they seized corpses of the victims of the attack, went round with them in a truck before depositing them at the Government House.

There was tension in the local government following the attack as youths berated the state government for failing to protect the residents.

It was learnt that around 10 pm on Tuesday, gunmen stormed the Yelwa Zangam community and killed no fewer than 36 persons and injured many others, who were rushed to the Bingham University Teaching Hospital, Jos, for treatment.

It was gathered that when the gunmen got to the community, they were shooting in every direction before they went from house to house and gunned down many residents.

The paramount ruler of the Anaguta ethnic nationality in the state, Johnson Jauro, confirmed the attack to journalists in Jos on Wednesday.

“I have been informed that some gunmen attacked my people last night (Tuesday) in the Naraguta community with many casualties. But we are still investigating to know what really happened,” he stated.

Meanwhile, as a result of the incidents, the plateau state governor, Mr Lalong has re-imposed a 24-hour curfew on the Jos North Local Government Area.

The 24-hour curfew earlier imposed on the council area alongside Jos South and Bassa by the governor was relaxed last week from dusk to dawn.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Governor’s Director of Press and Public Affairs, Government House, Macham Makut, said the decision to re-impose the curfew, which began by 4 pm on Wednesday, followed an imminent threat to lives and property in the area.

The statement said, “The Plateau State Government has reinstated the 24-hour curfew earlier relaxed in the Jos North Local Government Area following growing tension arising from the attack on Yelwa Zangam village of the local government, where people were killed and properties destroyed.

“According to Governor Simon Lalong, the 24-hour curfew will come into force from 4 pm today, Wednesday, August 25, 2021, until further notice.

“The proactive decision became necessary following imminent threat to lives and property within the local government area and the need to forestall the breakdown of law and order. It will also enable security agencies to deploy appropriately to maintain security as they search for the attackers of the villagers continues.”

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