Terrorists have attacked Jannaret Town, Mangu Local Government Area, Plateau State, killing one person while two others were injured.
His Royal Highness Nanleng Gotus, the head of the Tal Chiefdom, had also been abducted by bandits in a separate attack in Pankshin LGA, Daily Trust reports.
It was gathered that the deceased in Mangu LGA, identified as Mapack Linus and the two injured victims were shot by the bandits when they opened fire on the residents after arriving in the community on Sunday night.
The attack was confirmed by Yusuf Charles, a resident of Jannaret town in Jos on Monday.
He said, “It was on Sunday night that bandits arrived in Jannaret Town, around 7:30pm and just opened fire on people in the community.
“From what we got to know, the bandits were targeting leaders of vigilante groups who they believed were frustrating their nefarious activities. Fortunately, the vigilante leaders who used to visit the affected spot in the community were not present when the bandits opened fire at the spot but their friends were there.
“Sadly, the bullet fired by the bandits hit three persons, one of them died on the spot while two others sustained injuries and were rushed to a nearby hospital,” he added.
The resident called on the government and the security operatives to beam more search light on the community and the surrounding villages saying, “What our people want at this time is for the authorities to urgently address the constant threat to our lives by bandits. Some days back, one person was also shot dead in the nearby Chanso village. The situation should not be allowed to continue.”
In the Pankshin attack, residents said the armed bandits stormed the palace of the paramount ruler at about 1:00am on Monday, and whisked him to an unknown destination.
A resident said, “After the gunmen left with the traditional ruler, they made contact with the palace some hours later and demanded N50m ransom. Right now, the security agents including members of the vigilante in the community have been combing the hills if they would locate the traditional ruler or his abductors but so far there is no success. That is the situation for now.”
The Spokesman of the Plateau State Police Command, Alabo Alfred, did not pick his calls when contacted on the incidents as at the time of filing this report.
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party leadership has expressed dissatisfaction about the government’s inability to solve the security issues in the state.
After the party’s chairman in Bokkos LGA was freed on Monday, the state publicity secretary of the PDP, John Akans, released a statement saying, “The leadership of the party is grateful to God Almighty for His supernatural intervention and to the community for their vigilance. The chairman of the LGA has been saved.
“After he was rescued yesterday night from the terrorists the chairman is admitted and currently undergoing medical treatment in Bokkos.
“As a responsible party our heart is truly broken and saddened over the incessant killings and kidnappings ongoing across the state.
“We sympathise with Tangur Community and Bokkos Local Government and indeed Plateau State over this unprovoked attack and to the immediate family of Mapack Linus, who was shot dead last night by the terrorist. Please, accept our heartfelt sympathy.
“Our prayers and thoughts are with you.”