An attack on rural settlements in Daffo District of Bokkos Local Government, Plateau State, on Friday by gunmen has claimed ten lives and many others injured
Mr Danjuma Wabas, Councillor representing Daffo District in the Bokkos Local Government Council confirmed that those killed included five women, four men and an infan
News Agency of Nigeria reports that many of the villages in the area has be razed to the ground by the attackers.
Among the houses razed down was that of a former Deputy Governor of Plateau.
Worst hit villages included Ngakudung, Farunhai, Mhorok, Ganda and Warrem-Hotom.
Also hit were Maidunna and Josho, where Sen. Joshua Dariye (APC/Plateau Central), took relief materials last week, following an attack on the village in February.
“The attackers wore black uniforms and had something that looked liked a scarf on their heads,” one Malo Mafulul, told NAN at Ganda village.
Wabas, who confirmed Mafulul’s claims, described the situation as “scary”, saying that more people were still unaccounted for.
“As we speak, more people are missing while some of the injured persons taken to the hospitals have died.
“Among those who died in the hospital is one Mrs. Naomi Zakaria, who was shot in the stomach.
“We rushed her to the Plateau Specialist Hospital, Jos but she died shortly after we arrived there,” eyewitness said.
Major Umar Adams, spokesman of Operation Save Haven (OPSH), the security outfit in charge of security on the Plateau, confirmed the attacks.
“Yes, we are aware of the attacks, but we are yet to ascertain the number of casualties.
“When the report came to my officers over there, the first four women that were shot were rushed to the hospital for medical attention. As at that time, only one infant, who is less than one year old, was confirmed dead.
“The situation only got worse when some youths mobilized themselves to confront the attackers,” he said.
Adams said that most of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), were taking refuge in some worship centres in Bokkos town, while some of those injured were being treated at Bokkos Cottage Hospital and Plateau Specialist Hospital in Jos.
Coincidentally, the incident happened the day President Buhari is on a working visit to the Plateau State.