By Charles Nwabardi
Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has said that most travellers who were gruesomely murdered on Saturday in a village near Jos, Plateau State, were indigenes of his state.
About 25 travellers were on Saturday murdered by bandits along the Gada-Biyu – Rukuba road in Jos.
Several others were said to be missing during the attack while others are said to be receiving treatment in different hospitals in the state.
Akeredolu reacting to the sad incident called for calm, saying the names of the victims would soon be revealed.
In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Richard Olatunde, urged residents of the state not to take laws into their hands.
The governor said from the report he received from Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, the incident was a case of mistaken identity.
“The victims, according to preliminary reports, took a route where crisis between Muslims and northern Christians had ensued for some time, and that they may have been possibly mistaken for aggressors. Accordingly, either of the two feuding groups in the area could be responsible in this regard.
“I have spoken with my brother governor in Plateau, and he has assured me that the situation is under control. I want to plead with our people to remain calm. From the report I gathered, it is clear some were killed while many others who are injured have been taken to the hospital for medical attention.
“I also want to commiserate with the family of all those who lost their lives in this unfortunate incident. We mourn the departed and feel the pains of their loved ones,” he said.