Fresh Attack in Plateau Claims Two Lives

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By Seriki Adinoyi

Two persons were shot dead on Sunday evening in an ambush by gunmen in Riyom Local Government Area (LGA) of Plateau State.

The victims – Joseph Davou and Jeremiah Bitrus were returning from a sendforth prayers for a pastor in Rim when they were attacked along Hoss-Rim road.

The gunmen allegedly laid ambush and opened fire killing the two on the spot.

A source in the community disclosed that the gunmen who had laid siege, opened fire at two of them on a motorcycle, killing them instantly while other road users scampered for safety to avoid being killed.

The father of one of the deceased, Davou Dantyang, who confirmed the attack, said that his son Joseph Davou, who was 28 years old and his friend Jeremiah Bitrus, aged 32, were on their motorcycle when the gunmen shot them.

“Though, I was not at the scene, those who were there told me that they were on a motorcycle returning from an event when there was a sporadic gunshots along Rim – Hoss road. The two of them were gunned down and they died instantly.

“But what surprised me was that those at the scene said patrol vehicle belonging to Operation Safe Haven (military taskforce) was on the road when the incident happened but the military men did not stop to attend to my son and his friend.”

Dantyang appealed to both the government and security agencies to fish out the perpetrators of the attack.

The Plateau State Police Public Relations Officer Mr. Gabriel Ubah could not be reached for confirmation.