Kano Police Commissioner, Ibrahim Idris
After what was regarded as a brief lull in violence in Plateau State, palpable tension once again enveloped Riyom and Jos South Local Government Areas of Plateau State yesterday, following the killing of four persons at Fang village on Monday night.
The killings in Jos, however, came on a day four policemen were allegedly killed by gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram sect, who ambushed them while on patrol at Yan’awaki area of Unguwa Uku on the outskirts of Kano metropolis, according to residents of the area.
The attack on the police patrol team came barely 24 hours after some unidentified gunmen also killed two policemen and injured two civilians at Tishama Kawo quarters in the outskirt of Kano.
However, the killings in Riyom and Jos South local government areas, which was confirmed by the lawmaker representing Riyom constituency in the state House of Assembly, Hon. Daniel Dem, was said to have occurred around 5 p.m. by the occupants of a vehicle, who were alleged to be heading to Fang village in Riyom local government area.
Dem, who is also the Majority Leader in the Assembly, condemned the attack, describing it as “barbaric and unacceptable, at this time when the state is experiencing total peace.”
The lawmaker gave the names of the victims as Markus Davou, Gyang Pius, Yohanna Bature and Monday Kentong; while Samuel Umaru and Keneng Pius, survived and were currently receiving treatment at Vom Christian Hospital.
It was also alleged that the relations and kinsmen of the deceased were plotting to protest the death of the four persons by carrying their corpses to the state Government House and the headquarters of the Special Task Force (STF) on Jos crisis.
The youths that took the injured to the hospital were said to be mobilising from the hospital too.
The spokesman of the STF, Captain Salisu Mustapha, who confirmed the killings, said troops have been deployed to the affected areas to restore law and order, while also explaining that they were in a bus when unknown gunmen opened fire on them.
Meanwhile, eyewitness told journalists that the gunmen ambushed the police on patrol when they came on motorcycles and open fire on them resulted into killed of four policemen instantly.
Confirming the attack, the state Police Commissioner, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, said only two policemen were killed, while another one sustained injuries.
He revealed that: “The policemen were in their patrol vehicle when the suspected gunmen laid an ambush on the police patrol vehicle leading to the killing of two and injuring another.”
The police commissioner added that the incident happened at about 8 a.m., adding that security operatives had cordoned off the area.
Also speaking, the command’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Magaji Musa Majjiya, confirmed the attack, saying the attack did take place, while the attackers escaped with no arrest made so far.
“It is true that a team of our police officers on patrol around Yan’ Awaki by Zaria road were attacked this morning, two were killed and one was injured during the attack,” he said.
A police officer on the scene after the attack, who declined to be named said the gunmen ambushed the patrol vehicle before escaping on motorcycles-a classic tactic of the sect.
“Four police officers attached to the Kano police command were shot dead today by suspected terrorists of the Boko Haram sect, near the Angwa-Ukwu police checkpoint.
They escaped on their motorbikes,” Channels’ TV quoted the police officer as saying.