Plateau State has again been thrown into mourning after the killing of 18 persons in Bassa Local government area of the state.
An eyewitness said the attack was carried out by suspected armed herdsmen who attacked the community in large numbers and shot sporadically into the air before they began their operation.
The unfortunate incident happened in the early hours of Wednesday.
Confirming the attack, the military Special Task Force on Security in Plateau (Operation Safe Haven), in a statement signed by its Information Officer, Major Ishaku Takwa, said: “In the late hours of Tuesday, 11 January 2022, troops of Operation Safe Haven received a distress call of an attack on Acha community in Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau.
“The troops responded swiftly and mobilised to the village. On reaching the community, the attackers had fled the village. Houses were destroyed, and some villagers lost their lives during the attack.”
He added that the troops are on the trail of the assailants, and details of the pursuit would be made available later.
The statement also said that the Commander of Operation Safe Haven, Maj Gen I. S. Ali, commiserates with the families of those who lost their lives during the attack and reiterated his resolve to ensure perpetrators of evil deeds face the consequences of their actions action.
Governor Simon Lalong, who is angered by the incessant attacks, has ordered security agencies to ensure that they fish out the attackers at all costs, as bringing such perpetrators to justice is the only way to halt the barbaric killings.
Lalong, in a statement signed by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Simon Macham, said the attack which was carried out on Tuesday night is another sad tale in the unending cycle of violent attacks in the area which has continued despite several measures taken by government.
He asked the GOC, 3rd Armoured Division and Commander Operation Safe Haven, the Commissioner of Police, Department of State Services, Operation Rainbow and other security organs in the state to utilise intelligence available from survivors and other sources to ensure that the perpetrators of the attack and indeed other attacks are apprehended and exposed.