It was gathered that gunmen opened fire on miners, at about 7pm on Friday, April 9, killing eight people while others sustained various degrees of injuries.
The eight people killed by the gunmen suspected to be Fulani militia, were three men and five women, while one of them was beheaded and the head taken away by the gunmen.
The incident occurred at a mining site in Kuru, Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State. The mining site is said to belong to Cabitex Company.
According to Dalyop Mwantiri, of Emancipation Centre for Crisis Victims in Nigeria (ECCVN) , a non-governmental organisation based in Plateau, the names of the victims were given as:
1. Mrs. Talatu Sunday,
2. Mrs. Jumai Useini,
3. Mr. Davou Dalyop Pwol (beheaded)
4. Mr. Gyang Joseph Nyam.
5. Mr. Gabriel Nuhu.
6. Mrs Nvou Dung.
7. Mrs Dung Monday.
8. Mrs. Shabang
While condemning the incident, the Secretary-General of Kuru Development Association, Barrister Chapo Daniel, said the area and entire council has been under attack for sometime.
“It’s a heavy loss that drillers mourns with heavy hearts; we are saddened with the bad news of the loss of our people who went for their legitimate businesses in this harsh economic period, but were ambushed and eight killed while others sustained several degree of injuries as a result of the attack by assailants suspected to be herdsmen”,
“It behoves on government and its security agents to double up in addressing the trending security challenges being witnessed in Plateau, especially Kuru and its environs in order to avoid recurrences as well as violent reactions that might arise as a result of inaction from its part.
“It’s also imperative to speed up preliminary investigation aiming at apprehending and arresting violent actors that had played part in the unfortunate development, bearing focus on some security information and happenings unfolded prior to the invasion,” said Mr Mwan
However, the Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, has described the attack as another desperate attempt by criminals to destabilize the state and create fear among the people.
In a statement through the Governor’s spokesperson, Makut Macham, he said the Government will not condone such attacks on innocent citizens, and directed security agencies to fish out the perpetrators of this dastardly act which is capable of disrupting the substantial peace prevailing in the State.
The Governor also commiserated with the families of those who were killed and those who sustained injuries, and advised the citizens to assist law enforcement agencies with useful information.
Following the unfortunate attack, Hon Dachung Yohanna Choji , Management committee Chairman Jos South LGA, together with the security operatives in the LGA on Saturday, went on a condolence visit to Kuru community.