Gunmen have reportedly, killed over 30 persons in Tanknale Village, Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State.
Residents say the attack occurred when gunmen operating on motorcycles invaded the community and started shooting at just anyone in sight.
According to them, this led to stampede as people ran for dear life in different direction.
A statement issued by Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Plateau State, Alfred Alabo, said the incident occurred in the wee hours of yesterday.
According to Alabo, Commissioner of Police, Bartholomew Onyeka, had directed immediate deployment of armed personnel to restore peace and order in the area.
“The Commissioner of Police expressed sadness over the unfortunate incident that has claimed the lives of yet-to-be-identified persons from various villages within the area. At about 11:56 p.m. on Tuesday, we received a distress call from one of our police officers in charge of Tanknale Village of Mangu, that some gunmen were shooting sporadically in a nearby village.
The commissioner immediately mobilised all assets in the command to the scene to ensure that the suspects are arrested and brought to book. Further information from the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), ACP Bawa Sale, who was also present at the scene, reveals that with help from other security agencies in the command, the hoodlums were chased away,”Alabo said.
Gunmen have also invaded Kuje satellite town in Abuja, Federal Capital Territory, kidnapping no fewer than 15 persons
The incident occurred in One Thousand Housing Estate, along Pegi community in outskirts of the Federal Capital Territory FCT, Abuja.
Residents of Kuje said the gunmen attacked at around 11:30 p.m, shot sporadically and taking away their victims who were returning from the city at the time.
Director of FCT Department of Development Control, Mukhtar Galadima, confirmed the abductions, adding that one of his staff was a victim.