The mining city of Jos on Saturday 14 August witnessed ethnic groups taking arms against one another at Rukuba road in Jos North local Government area.
According to a reliable report made available to The Daily Vendor News many people were caught in the cross fire leading to the death of unspecified casualty.
Governor Simon Lalong has condemned the incidence and called on security agents to bring the perpetrators to book.
In a statement by Dr. Makut Simon Macham Director of Press & Public Affairs to the Governor of Plateau State , “warned trouble makers bent on fomenting trouble in Plateau State to desist as the Government will not allow any form of lawlessness to disrupt the peace of the State”
“Governor Lalong while reacting to the reported skirmishes around Rukuba road general area in Jos where some persons were reportedly killed including innocent commuters, condemned the act and immediately directed security agencies to swiftly identify and arrest the perpetrators while dominating the area to restore calm”
The statement added that: “Lalong said the attacks on innocent citizens no matter their backgrounds will never be tolerated in Plateau State and those who are found to be behind such attacks will be dealt with decisively to serve as deterrence and restore public order”
However the Governor commended “security agencies for their immediate response leading to the arrest of some suspects and the restoration of calm to the area”
“While commiserating with the families of those affected, the Governor assured all law abiding citizens that security has been beefed up around the area as well as the entire metropolis to forestall further breach of the peace.He reminds the citizens to remain vigilant and be security conscious in reporting suspicious persons and behaviour within their domains to enable law enforcement agencies respond appropriately”
The Governor directed the Secretary to the Government of the State , Prof. Danladi Abok Atu to visit the areas and ascertain the situation as well as ensure that those injured receive adequate medical attention.
The Daily Vendor news learnt that trouble started when some mourners conveying the remains of those killed in an earlier clash for burial.
The vehicles which they were using stopped in a filling station to refill their thank when they saw a bus occupied by some suspected Fulani group with arms.
They then asked them where were they going and they were told they were going for a burial but there was no corpse in the vehicle.
According to the report as they continued the interrogation, the Fulani group attacked them and killed three people and in the process they also called for reinforcement that resulted a free for all fight leaving a number of people dead before the security arrived to quell the incident.
The state police is yet to make any statement on the incident.