By Muhammad Salisu
Twenty five travellers killed by hoodlums at the Gada-Biyu area of Jos-Zaria road in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State, have been buried in mass graves at Dadinkowa cemetery.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that hoodlums had intercepted about 92 travellers in five 18-seater buses and killed 25 of them.
Our reporter who visited the Plateau Specialist Hospital gathered that the death toll had risen from 22 to 25.
In a statement on Saturday, the Plateau State Police Command confirmed the attack, saying 22 persons died.
The police said the attackers were suspected to be Irigwe youths.
“On 14/08/2021 at about 0928hrs, 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 are heading to Ikare in Ondo State.
“Unfortunately, twenty-two (22) persons were killed and Fourteen injured in the attack.
“Upon receipt of the report, a team of Police personnel, the military and other sister agencies were immediately mobilised to the scene where twenty one (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.
“Normalcy has returned to the area.
“The CP warned that those that perpetrated this dastardly act & 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,” the statement said.