Fresh communal clashes between the border communities of Kadunu and Fan of Mangu and Barkin local government areas of Plateau State have claimed no fewer than 20 lives and properties even as Governor Simon Lalong appealed for calm among residents.
The Governor, in a statement issued by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Mr Emmanuel Nanle, urged residents to embrace peace and desist from taking laws into their hands.
It also appealed to the people to be vigilant and report suspicious movements to security agencies for appropriate response.
The statement quoted the governor as noting thus: “It is regrettable that as efforts are being made by government to see to the end of violent conflicts in Barkin Ladi, Riyom and some parts of Jos South Local Government, the state is faced with another communal crisis.’’
It also said Governor Lalong commended the security agencies for their prompt response in curtailing the escalation of the situation and directed them to step up action to forestall future killings.
Lalong also commended the management of Jos University Teaching Hospital and Comprehensive Centre in Gindiri for providing medical services to the injured.
The governor directed the State Emergency Management Agency to as a matter of urgency provide relief materials to all those affected.
The Street Journal reports that seven members of a family were confirmed to have been all killed in the latest community crisis
Plateau State has witnessed series of attacks in recent months that claimed the lives of some people, particularly in Barki Ladi, Riyom, and Jos South local government areas over which the state governor put some measures in place to curb the killings.