Nine locals were killed and four others injured on Sunday when gunmen attacked Pinau village in Wase Local Government Area of Plateau State.
Confirming the incident on Monday, the Police Public Relations Officer in Plateau, Gabriel Ubah, said police operatives and other security personnel were swiftly deployed to the village in Mavo Chiefdom.
He revealed that eight suspects have been arrested in connection with the attack and 12 motorcycles were recovered from the assailants.
According to Ubah, an investigation is ongoing in a bid to arrest other fleeing suspects while security has been beefed up in the area to prevent escalation of violence.
“Yesterday, at about 4:30 p.m., we received a distress call that yet-to-be-identified gunmen invaded Pinau Village in Wase Local Government Area. Unfortunately, they killed nine persons while four persons are injured,” he said in a statement.
“Upon receipt of the information, a combined team of policemen, men of Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), and other security agencies were mobilised and swiftly moved to the scene. Eight suspects were arrested and 12 motorcycles recovered from the scene.”
Meanwhile, the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ahmed Idris Wase, has condemned the attack.
Wase, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, described the attack as inhuman, senseless, and unwarranted, calling on security agencies to bring perpetrators of the dastardly act to book.
The deputy speaker who represents Wase Federal Constituency of Plateau State also asked the people to remain calm, peaceful, and law-abiding in spite of the painful and regrettable incident.
According to him, the attack is coming at a period when the people are striving hard to earn their means of livelihood.