The Plateau Police Command has confirmed that as a result of the skirmishes that took place on Saturday morning at Rukuba road area of Jos North LGA of the State, 22 persons lost their lives and 14 others were injured.
The Command also said 21 persons were rescued from the scene of the incident.
This was disclosed by the Spokesman of the Command, ASP Gabriel Ogaba, in Jos, the State Capital.
Ogaba said, “On 14th August, 2021 at about 09:28 hours, the Plateau State Police Command received a distress call that a group of attackers suspected to be Irigwe youths and their sympathisers along Rukuba Road of Jos North LGA attacked a convoy of five buses with Muslim faithful who were coming back from the Annual Zikr prayer in Bauchi State and heading to Ikare in Ondo State.
Unfortunately, 22 persons were killed and Fourteen injured in the attack.”
According to him, “Upon receipt of the report, a team of Police personnel, the military and other sister agencies were immediately mobilised to the scene where 21 victims were rescued and six suspects arrested.
“The Commissioner of Police, Plateau State Command, CP Edward Egbuka, along with the GOC 3-Division, Major General Ibrahim Ali, also visited the scene and ordered for a discreet investigation to fish out other perpetrators of this barbaric act at large”, he explained.
He, however, said, normalcy has returned to the area.
“The CP warned that those that perpetrated this dastardly act and others that incited it, will be made to face the full wrath of the law.”
The Command urges the public to remain calm and to furnish the Police with useful information that will aid the investigation.