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Gunmen attack Miners in Yelwa Zangam, 2 lives lost

by Christiana Gokyo, Jos

PLATEAU STATE – Barely six months since the massive killing at Yalwa Zangam of Jos North local government area, with several houses destroyed since September, 2021, another attack on miners in Yelwa Zangam has claimed the lives of 2 persons in the early hours of Tuesday, 15th February, 2022, and left others with serious injuries.

The Plateau State Operation SAVE HAVEN said it received a distress call on civil unrest that ensued between Fulani herders and miners at Yelwa Zangam general area of Jos North Local Government Area in the early hours of Tuesday, 15 February, 2022. 

A statement to this effect was signed and issued to newsmen in Jos on Wednesday, by the Military Information Officer of the OPSH, Major Ishaku Takwa. The statement indicated that, “In the late hours of same day, a vehicle conveying passengers was attacked along Jos-Jingir Road.” 

It further stressed that, “Troops of Operation SAFE HAVEN swiftly responded to both incidents and brought the situation under control.

“But unfortunately, one person was killed and another injured at the mining site, while on the unfortunate attack on commuters, three persons lost their lives, 2 other passengers sustained varying degrees of injuries and 6 others were rescued.”

While condemning the violence, the Commander Operation SAFE HAVEN, Maj-Gen Ibrahim Ali, commiserated with the families of the victims of the unfortunate incidents, and assured that everything would be done to bring the perpetrators of the violence to book.

General Ibrahim Ali also urged law abiding citizens to remain calm, as troops are already on the trail of the perpetrators of the attacks.

Meanwhile, Governor Simon Lalong has condemned in strong terms the attack on miners in Yelwa Zangam, which left one person dead and others injured. 

He also condemned another attack on a commuter vehicle along Jos-Jingir Road, where two persons were killed and many others injured. 

While commending security forces for swiftly responding to the situation and restoring normalcy, the governor directed them to go after the attackers and make sure all those behind the attacks are brought to justice. 

Governor Lalong also commiserated with families of the victims and survivors, assuring them that government will stop at nothing to ensure that those, who carried out the dastardly acts, are fished out and made to pay for their actions. 

He called on citizens to report any suspicious activity within their environment to the Police, Operation Safe Haven, Operation Rainbow, the Civil Defence, other law enforcement agencies, the traditional rulers or other community intelligence channels. 

Meanwhile, the governor has directed the Secretary to the Government of the State (SGS) to coordinate the response and visit those injured and receiving treatment in the hospital to ensure they are receiving good care. 

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