Gunmen on Saturday, attacked and killed some travellers, in the Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State.
The commuters were reportedly passing through Jos when they ran into gunmen who opened fire on them.
It was learnt that the whereabouts of some of the victims were unknown as of the time of filing this report while at least 15 corpses had been deposited at a morgue in the state.
One of the passengers, Muhammad Ibrahim, who escaped the attack, said they were in a group of five 18 seater buses, returning from Bauchi State where they attended an event to commemorate the Islamic New Year.
He said the event was held at Sheikh Dahiru Usman Bauchi, mosque, in Bauchi State.
The spokesman of the Plateau State Police Command, ASP Gabriel Ogaba, said, “Yes, there was unrest at Rukuba Road of Jos North LGA. Security personnel have been deployed to the area and have taken charge.
“At the moment the area is calm and residents are going about their lawful businesses. Details about what happened will be communicated shortly.”
Meanwhile, Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau has condemned the attacks in a statement by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Dr Makut Macham in Jos.
The Governor said the attacks on innocent citizens no matter their backgrounds, would never be tolerated in Plateau, adding that sponsors of such attacks would be dealt with to serve as deterrent to others.
Lalong warned those bent on fomenting trouble in Plateau to desist as the government would not allow any form of lawlessness to disrupt the peace of the state.
The governor said that security agencies have been drafted to restore calm in the area and also directed to identify and arrest the perpetrators.
He commended security agencies for their swift response, leading to the arrest of some suspects and the restoration of calm to the area.
He assured all law-abiding citizens of their safety as security had been beefed up around the area as well as the entire metropolis to forestall further breach of the peace.
Lalong commiserated with the families of those affected while calling for calm while urging residents to remain vigilant and report suspicious persons and behaviour within their domains to law enforcement agencies for appropriate action.
The governor also directed the Secretary to the Government of the State, Prof. Danladi Abok-Atu, to visit the areas to assess the situation and ensure that those injured received adequate medical attention.