by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
Following the attack in Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State that led to the killing of unknown number of people and the destruction of houses and properties, the Commissioner of Police Plateau State Command, CP Bartholomew N. Onyeka, has expressed his sadness to the good people of the State on the unfortunate incident that took place in Bwoi District of Mangu LGA.
The attack claimed the lives of yet to be identified persons from various villages within the area.
He was reacting to the incident in a statement signed and issued to newsmen in Jos by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Alfred Alabo, when he noted that, “On the 15/05/2023 at about 1156hrs, a distress call was received from one of our Police officers in-charge of Tanknale Village of Mangu LGA that some unknown gunmen are shooting sporadically in a nearby village.
According to him, “Upon receipt of this information, the Commissioner of Police Plateau State Command, CP Bartolomew N. Onyeka, immediately mobilized all Command assets 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 State CID, ACP Bawa Sale, who was also present at the scene, reveals that with help from other security agencies in the command, a very hot chase was given to the hoodlums.
According to him, due to their heavy firepower, the hoodlums abandoned about four (4) motorcycles, which are presently in the custody of the STF, and one 1 Sharon vehicle with Plateau State registration number (MGU 988 HK ) and some items used for their nefarious activities.
According to the Police, “As we speak now, the culprits are on the run, while our officers are still on their trail with the aim to ensure that they are neutralized and, if possible, arrested.
Meanwhile the Commissioner of Police has assured the good people of the State that all necessary measures are being put in place to ensure peace and forestall any future occurrence of such inhuman acts.
“The CP also urges the good people of Plateau State to continue to offer the Police all necessary intelligence, as this will go a long way to help the Police in investigation,” assuring that, “further developments concerning the incident will be communicated to you in due course.”
Meanwhile, the Plateau Police Command is yet to disclose the number of people killed and those, who sustained injuries, as well as number of properties and houses that were destroyed.