Twenty-two persons have been confirmed killed on Saturday following an attack by bandits along Rukuba road in Jos north LGA, Plateau state.
The gunmen who attacked the travellers also injured fourteen others.
Naija News gathered the travellers were part of worshippers who were on their way to Ondo state after attending the annual zikr prayer in Bauchi, when they were attacked.
According to the Plateau State Police spokesperson, Ubah Ogaba who confirmed the incident, 21 victims were rescued while six suspects have been arrested in connection with the development.
“Twenty-two (22) persons were killed and fourteen injured in the attack.”
“Upon receipt of the report, a team of Police personnel, the military and other sister agencies were immediately mobilized to the scene where twenty-one (21) victims were rescued and six suspects arrested,” the statement read.
Meanwhile, the Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, has condemned the attack and warned those behind such happenings to desist.
The Governor in a statement by his spokesperson, Makut Macham also commiserated with the families of victims of the attack.
“Governor Lalong, while reacting to the reported skirmishes around Rukuba road general area in Jos where some persons were reportedly killed including innocent commuters, condemned the act and immediately directed security agencies to swiftly identify and arrest the perpetrators while dominating the area to restore calm,” Macham said.
“Lalong said the attacks on innocent citizens, no matter their backgrounds, will never be tolerated in Plateau State and those who are found to be behind such attacks will be dealt with decisively to serve as deterrence and restore public order.
“The Governor, however, commends security agencies for their immediate response leading to the arrest of some suspects and the restoration of calm to the area.
“While commiserating with the families of those affected, the Governor assured all law abiding citizens that security has been beefed up around the area as well as the entire metropolis to forestall further breach of the peace.”