The Plateau State police command says 17 people were killed and 85 buildings burnt in the recent attacks in Bassa and Riyom Local Government Areas of the State.
Mr Edward Egbuka, the Commissioner of Police in Plateau State, disclosed this while briefing newsmen on Monday at the end of an emergency state security meeting held at the Government House, Jos.
Egbuka said there were attacks in Jebbu Miango in Bassa LGA where five persons were killed on July 31 and 12 others killed on August 1 at Tambora in Riyom LGA.
“There were attacks specifically at Jebbu Miango on Saturday night, July 31, in which 5 people were killed and about 85 buildings burnt. “The next morning, the attacks continued at Tambora in Riyom LGA where twelve people were killed and some houses destroyed.”
Egbuka disclosed that some security officers were also killed in the attacks.
The police commissioner said that Governor Simon Lalong has given an order for security operatives in the state to ensure that the situation was brought under control and to fish out the attackers.
“His excellency has read a riot act to us that we should move out and within two weeks bring to book all those that have perpetrated the attacks. This will be done.”
The police commissioner warned that instigators of reprisal attacks wouldn’t be spared, stressing, “human life is sacrosanct, nobody can take it at will. There’s a government on ground and lawlessness would not be accepted.”