The killing of a family of nine by unknown gunmen in Rukuba road community of Jos North Local Government Area, has sparked up tension in the community and other parts of Jos metropolis.
According to a resident of the area, the gunmen attacked the community on Thursday night.
“Last night, some gunmen invaded this area shooting sporadically and in the cause wiped out nine members of a family
“I cannot tentatively say what caused the ugly incident but I heard some gunshots and some persons were also injured,” he said.
The Plateau State Police Command‘s Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Terna Tyopev, confirmed this development to newsmen on Friday.
Although the command spokesman could not confirm the number of deaths recording, he, however revealed that many person were left injured by the incident.
He explained that the assailants took advantage of the night rains to perpetrate the “evil” act.
“Yesterday at about 10.p.m, our Plateau Control Room received a distress call that there were sporadic gunshots at Rukuba Road, a community opposite Kowa Hotel, Jos.
“We immediately mobilized our patrol team to the scene of crime”.
“The gunmen, who took advantage of the night rains to attack residents, were later chased away from the area by the combined team of the Police and men Operation Safe Haven (STF), a military task force.
“Some people were rescued while some persons lost their lives as a result of the attack and others sustained injuries of various degrees,” he said.
Tyopev revealed that the injured victims are receiving treatment at Bingham University Teaching Hospital, Jos.
He assured that the Police have lunched investigation to ensure that those culpable are brought to book.
The PPRO said a combined team of security personnel had been dispatched to flash points to avert breakdown of law and order, and urged members of the public to remain calm and law abiding.