Gunmen kill 10 and injure 19 at cultural festival

Gunmen killed 10 people and injured 19 others during a cultural festival in Chando Zerreci community in Irigwe chiefdom of Bassa du Plateau local government area.

Lawrence Zango, the National Publicity Secretary, Irigwe Youth Movement, disclosed in a statement Sunday in Jos.

Zango said criminals launched the attack on Saturday night during the annual ritual festival of “Zerreci”, which usually ushers them into the new agricultural season.

Mr. Zango, who condemned and described this act as “sad and unfortunate”, added that the wounded are currently being treated at Enos Hospital in Miango.

He called on government at all levels and security agencies to find a lasting solution to the relentless attacks which usually result in loss of life and property.

“The government has a responsibility to promote and protect human rights, including the right to life, and a duty to protect civilians from attack by taking effective measures to prevent and deter attacks against our people. .”

“The government must urgently investigate the Irigwe land attack and bring the perpetrators to justice and ensure that the families and other victims are adequately compensated.

“Brutal attacks on our communities are becoming rampant and frequent and this is unacceptable,” he said.

Mr. Zango also called on the international community to come to the aid of the population, to support them and to address the enormous humanitarian challenges caused by the attacks.

ASP Ubah Ogaba, the Plateau Police Command spokesman, confirmed the attack, adding that the command had mobilized armed officers to the scene to restore normalcy.

He called on people in the region and the Plateau in general to remain calm and law-abiding, adding that security agencies are working seriously to ensure their safety.


Darcy J. Skinner