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By Marie-Therese Nanlong
Jos – Fresh attack at a mining site at Yelwa Zangam community in Jos North local government area, Plateau State which occurred in the early hours of Tuesday, leaving one person dead has snowballed into another cycle of violence in the State.
Shortly after the mining site incident, some commuters were attacked along the Jos-Jingir road. While two people lost their lives, some others escaped with some degrees of injuries.
The State Governor, Simon Lalong has condemned the two incidents and commended security forces for swiftly responding to the situation and restoring normalcy, even as he directed them to “go after the attackers and make sure all those behind the attacks are brought to justice.”
The Governor according to a statement by Makut Macham, his Director of Press and Public Affairs, also commiserated with the 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.”
The Governor also reiterated his call to 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,” and directed the Secretary to the Government of the State to “coordinate the response and visit those injured and receiving treatment in the hospital to ensure they are receiving good care.”
Meanwhile, the spokesman of the Operation Safe Haven, OpSH, Major Ishaku Takwa explained what transpired during the two incidents thus, “Operation SAFE HAVEN received a distress call on the civil unrest that ensued between Fulani herders and miners at Yelwa Zangam general area of Jos North LGA in the early hours of Tuesday 15 February 2022. Also, in the late hours of the same day, a vehicle conveying passengers was attacked along Jos-Jingir road.
“Troops of Operation SAFE HAVEN swiftly responded to both incidents and brought the situation under control. Unfortunately, one person was killed and another injured at the mining site. On the unfortunate attack on commuters, three persons lost their lives, two other passengers sustained varying degrees of injuries, and six others were rescued.”