Two communities in Plateau State were reportedly assaulted by gunmen, resulting in seven deaths. The individuals were killed in Pukah and Pinper, communities located in the Mangu Local Government Area, during the early hours on Thursday.
Six men and a woman have been confirmed dead in Pukah community, while livestock was stolen in Pinper community.
A resident of Pukah Community, John Mark, confirmed the fatal attacks to our correspondent at The Newsontheplateau in Jos on Thursday.
Mark said, “The Pukah community in Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State came under heavy attack by gunmen early this morning (Thursday). They also attacked another community in the council area known as Pinper.
“In Pukah community, they killed one lady and six men. But in Pinper, they carted away several numbers of sheep before they fled the communities ”
As we wait for an official statement from Captain Oya James, the spokesperson for the Military Taskforce in charge of peacekeeping in the state, the chilling report dawns upon us.
These brutal attacks surfaced only hours after the state government completed a training programme for enhancing local security.
Under Operation Rainbow, 600 personnel were trained and set for deployment. The governor, Caleb Mutfwang, commended President Bola Tinubu for his support during the passing out parade held in Jos on Wednesday.
He maintained that Operation Rainbow was born out of necessity and comes in time of crisis, as the state grapples with security challenges that have persisted for years.
Governor Mutfwang strongly asserted his administration’s zero tolerance policy towards indisciplinary actions or unprofessional conduct from the security outfit, charging them with the noble task of protecting citizens’ lives and properties.