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Mob attacks journalists as gunmen kill 11 in Plateau

Journalists who arrived Loh Pam-Dyet Community, near Rayfield in Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State early Monday morning, narrowly escaped being killed by a mob which attacked them following the killing of 11 persons by unidentified gunmen on Sunday.

The rampaging gunmen apart from killing 11 persons also left 12 others with various degrees of injuries following the attack.

The journalists who were attacked include reporters and cameramen from Channels Television, AIT, TVC and Silverbird.

Youth Leader of Du District, Mathew Chuwang Rwang, who gave an eyewitness account of what happened, said some unidentified gunmen visited the community on Sunday night.

Similarly, spokesman of the Plateau State Police Command, Mathias Tyopev, who confirmed the incident, said the attackers stormed the community on Sunday night before attacking unsuspecting residents.

As at the time our correspondent visited the scene of attack on Monday morning, there was tension in the area as sympathisers gathered to make sense out of the deadly attack while the corpses of victims were being evacuated.

Meanwhile, Governor Simon Lalong, who is on the President Muhammadu Buhari delegation to China, has condemned the attack.

A press release by the state Commissioner for Information, Yakubu Datti, said the governor has instructed security agencies to fish out the perpetrators, while they ensure the safety and security of the immediate environment, and the entire state.

“Members of the public are called upon to resist any temptation to self-help as these will be playing to the script of these perpetrators whose ultimate aim is to return the state to the dark era of bloodletting,” the statement added.

But the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Plateau State has taken a swipe at the handling of the security situation in state.

PDP Publicity Secretary in the state, John Akans, in a press statement circulated to journalists in Jos, said it has become clear that the government has abandoned its responsibility of protecting its citizens.

“What is the primary responsibility of government if not to protect people’s lives and properties,” Akans stated.

The PDP described as unfortunate and embarrassing that Governor Lalong left the people to their fate and allegedly engaged in lobbying the Presidency to be part of the President’s delegation to China.

The PDP further alleged that, “Most disheartening is the fact that when his request was turned down, out of desperation and lack of priority, he on his own traveled to meet with the President in China, leaving his people in a traumatised condition.

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