The Military Task Force (STF), also known as Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), in Plateau State has reinforced its security measures with intense patrol to curb the killings that took place on Sunday and Monday in the troubled communities of the State.
The commander of the Taskforce, Major General Augustine Chris Agundu made this known to pressmen on Tuesday while giving an update on the incident.
Gen. Agundu who spoke through a press statement and a copy made available to our correspondent said, “The steps taken was to prevent further attacks on the affected communities.
“OPSH hereby reassures members of the general public of its determination to protect lives and properties of all law abiding citizens.
The command also wishes to reiterate its readiness to accordingly deal with all acts inimical to the peaceful co-existence of all people in the State”, he said.
The statement also reads that the “STF received a report at about 7:45pm on Sunday that some unknown gunmen shot and killed 1 cow while the herd of cattle was grazing on a farmland around Kpachidu Village in Bassa LGA.
Troops were mobilised to the scene to investigate the incident but the attackers took advantage of the difficult terrain which provided them the cover to escape, however in what seems like a reprisal attack, unknown gunmen shot and killed two locals same day at about 11:30pm.
“In another development, OPSH received a distress call that suspected armed robbers invaded a shopping area shooting sporadically at about 8:45pm at Pandet community of Du Districts in Jos South LGA.
Troops were mobilised immediately to the scene of the incident to contain the situation. The victims of the shootout were immediately evacuated to Plateau Specialist Hospital and Jos University Teaching Hospital for medical attention.
“It was later confirmed by doctors from both hospital that 11 persons had died while 12 others are still receiving treatment from wounds sustained during the attack”, the statement read.