Plateau Security: Lalong Relaxes Curfew In Jos, Bassa

 

Governor of Plateau State Simon Lalong has relaxed curfews imposed on parts of the state due to insecurity.

The Governor, in a broadcast on Monday, said the 24-hour curfew in Jos North is now to be enforced from 6pm to 6am until further notice.

“The curfew in Jos South and Bassa is to also be further relaxed,” Lalong said.

“As from Monday 30th August 2021, the curfew shall be enforced between 10pm to 6am until further notice.”

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The Governor noted that the ban on tricycles (Keke Napep) and hawkers remains in place within Jos/Bukuru metropolis.

Also, he announced that the Plateau Economic and Investment Summit earlier scheduled for September 1 and 2 has been postponed.

“A new date will be announced and communicated to all our invitees,” the Governor said. “We apologise for any inconveniences this postponement might cause.”

‘Purely criminal’

Recent attacks in Jos North, Bassa, Riyom, and Barkin Ladi have plunged Plateau into a state of high tension.

About 36 people were killed last week in Yelwa Zangam village, Zangam District in Jos North Local Government Area.

Many state governments have transported their indigenes from Jos metropolis and the University of Jos has been shut down.

While some have attributed the killings to ethnic and religious reasons, the state government has maintained they are “purely criminal activities that must be treated as such.”

“Even though they are quickly given ethno-religious connotations, there is no justification for the killing of anyone human being,” Lalong said on Monday.

“We are a society that is guided by rules which do not permit anyone to take the laws into his or her hands no matter the grievances.”

To resolve the security crisis, Lalong said he has engaged with high level stakeholders, including traditional, political, community and religious leaders.

“It is important to state that we have had several engagements with them in the past and made efforts to ensure that peace prevails in the area,” the Governor said.

“Between January and July this year, the Plateau Peace Building Agency has conducted over 34 mediation engagements at community levels in Miango, Kwall, Dusten Kura, and Gyelobari Districts of Bassa LGA.

“In response to the attacks, I also held meetings with the Plateau Inter-Religious Council and directed them, along with the Peace Building Agency to swing into action by carrying out more consultations and engagements to defuse tensions, calm nerves and dig deep into the immediate and remote causes of these conflicts with a view to bringing the ugly situation to an end.”

 

Read the full text of Lalong’s Monday broadcast:

TEXT OF A STATE BROADCAST BY H.E. RT. HON. (DR) SIMON BAKO LALONG, KSGG, EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR OF PLATEAU STATE ON THE SECURITY SITUATION, 30TH AUGUST 2021.
Protocols
1. My dear citizens of Plateau State, it is with a heavy heart that I address you today over the security situation in Plateau State. Events of the recent past have cast a dark shadow on the progress and huge investments we have made in peace building and crime fighting within the last six years.
2. Due to recent attacks in Jos North, Bassa, Riyom, and Barkin Ladi we have witnessed the unfortunate disruption to the peace and security of the State by criminal elements leading to loss of innocent lives, properties, farm crops and livestock.
3. Despite the directive to security agencies to stop the attacks, arrest perpetrators and bring them to justice, these attacks continued with the incident in Rukuba Road where commuters were attacked leading to other deaths and destruction. The ugly situation again resurfaced in Yelwa Zangam village of Jos North Local Government where many people were again killed and properties destroyed.
4. While arrests have been made in most of these incidents, the constant threat to lives and properties necessitated the imposition of curfew on Jos North, Bassa and Jos South Local Government Areas to enable security agencies properly deploy to handle the situation and stop further breakdown of law and order.
5. At this point, I wish to commiserate with the entire citizens of the State over these sad developments. I particularly extend my deep condolences to the families of those who lost loved ones, as well as those who sustained injuries and lost properties during the carnage. I have directed that Government pays the medical bills of those who are receiving treatment in various health facilities.
6. As a result of these occurrences, I convened a high level stakeholders meeting where traditional, political, community and religious leaders gathered to brainstorm on how to bring an end to this cycle of violence. Thereafter, I held separate meetings with leaders of Irigwe Land as well as Fulani Community to further engage them on lasting solutions to the protracted conflict within the area.
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8. It is important to state that we have had several engagements with them in the past and made efforts to ensure that peace prevails in the area. Between January and July this year, the Plateau Peace Building Agency has conducted over 34 mediation engagements at community levels in Miango, Kwall, Dusten Kura, and Gyelobari Districts of Bassa LGA.

8. In response to the attacks, I also held meetings with the Plateau Inter-Religious Council and directed them, along with the Peace Building Agency to swing into action by carrying out more consultations and engagements to defuse tensions, calm nerves and dig deep into the immediate and remote causes of these conflicts with a view to bringing the ugly situation to an end.
9. From the engagements so far, it has again become clear that all these attacks are purely criminal activities that must be treated as such. Even though they are quickly given ethno-religious connotations, there is no justification for the killing of anyone human being. We are a society that is guided by rules which do not permit anyone to take the laws into his or her hands no matter the grievances.
10. Yesterday I visited Yelwa Zangam village of Jos North Local Government to see things for myself and commiserate with the families of those affected, as well as reassure them that Government will stop at nothing to apprehend other fleeing suspects behind the attacks. We are determined to ensure diligent investigation and prosecution to give them justice.
11. To forestall further occurrences, I visited and met with the President in Abuja to seek for more deployment of security forces and equipment to enhance the capacity of our law enforcement agencies to protect our people. I received assurances from the President that the request will be acted upon immediately.
12. Arising from my discussion with Mr. President, I had a meeting with the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development as well as the DG of the National Emergency Management Agency regarding humanitarian assistance to the victims of the various attacks. I received commitment that very soon, relief materials will be delivered to us.
13. Already, the State Government has procured relief materials which are being distributed to the victims in various locations. On Friday, the Peace Building Agency also delivered relief materials donated by USAID to displaced communities in Bassa. We shall continue to partner with more humanitarian organisations towards alleviating the suffering of the victims.
14. My dear citizens, our long term goal is to foster dialogue, collaboration, understanding and proactive dispute resolution mechanisms that will make it difficult for people to resort to criminality in the name of self-help and reprisals whenever there is any disagreement. Those who fail to follow lawful means to settle their grievances should be ready for a showdown with Government as we will never tolerate killings and destruction of properties under any guise.
15. During these trying times, I have watched with great disappointment the unfortunate comments and utterances of some citizens including religious, political and community leaders from within and outside the State who rather than calm nerves and join hands with the Government to ensure the quick restoration of peace, resorted to pushing out ethno-religious sentiments that further created tensions.
16. Some sections of the mainstream and social media also chose to play to the gallery and fanned the embers of hatred and disunity.

17. However, majority of media platforms performed their duties diligently and highlighted Government’s efforts in discharging its constitutional obligation of ensuring the safety of lives and property.
18. I must commend people of conscience across different faiths, ethnic and political backgrounds that have remained objective, dispassionate and resolute towards condemning the criminal actions of the attackers and offering useful suggestions to Government on ways to improve public safety.
19. I wish to thank friends of Plateau State from far and near who sent words of encouragement and played various roles in calming nerves as well as refuting false narratives about the wrong perceptions and exaggeration of the situation.
20. Specifically, I wish to thank the Governor of Kebbi State His Excellency Atiku Abubakar Bagudu who led a delegation of the Progressives Governors Forum to condole the State and make donations to victims. At the same time, he demonstrated exemplary solidarity by declining to join the panic rush of evacuating students from the University of Jos by some State Governments. His approach of confidence building and collaboration affirms the fact that Plateau State still remains a home to all.
21. Let me therefore use this opportunity to assure parents of students studying at the University of Jos that we are working with the University authorities to ensure the safety of their wards as soon as the school reconvenes. In the same vein, I have assured the management of the NYSC that the Government will partner with them to guarantee the safety of Corps members posted to the State.
22. After my visit to Yelwa Zangam village, I took a tour of the Jos metropolis to see things for myself. I also engaged the security agencies to review the general security situation in the three Local Government Areas where the curfew was imposed, as well as other parts of the State. At the end of the review, Government took the following decisions:
i. The curfew in Jos North is to be relaxed. Beginning from Monday 30th August 2021, the curfew shall be enforced from 6pm to 6am until further notice.

ii. The curfew in Jos South and Bassa is to also be further relaxed. As from Monday 30th August 2021, the curfew shall be enforced between 10pm to 6am until further notice.
iii. The Ban on Tricycles (Keke NAPEP) and hawkers remains in force within Jos/Bukuru metropolis.
iv. The Plateau Economic and Investment Summit earlier scheduled for the 1st and 2nd of September 2021 has been postponed. A new date will be announced and communicated to all our invitees. We apologise for any inconveniences this postponement might cause.

23. Fellow citizens of Plateau State, we are facing a very difficult moment and we must work together to overcome. There is an obvious plan by those who desire to see Plateau in perpetual crises to employ all divisive methods to achieve their objectives. We must not allow them to use politics, religion, and ethnicity to divert our attention from their criminal activities.
24. My determination as your Governor is to ensure that I encourage all citizens to embrace one another and use peaceful means to settle any disagreement. I shall continue to ensure that we build the capacities of our security agencies including the Operation Rainbow, the newly trained three thousand vigilantes, as well as our traditional institutions to be able to respond promptly and effectively to criminals so that we can enjoy peace and tranquility.
25. Finally, I call on all citizens of Plateau State to work in synergy and promote the long standing ideals of accommodation, tolerance, love, hardwork godliness and forgiveness which we are known for. Plateau State remains the Home of Peace and Tourism.
26. God bless Plateau State and the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Rt. Hon. (Dr) Simon Bako Lalong, KSGG
Executive Governor, Plateau State,
30th August 2021.

Buhari Vows To Crush Perpetrators Of Plateau Violence

A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari is committed to rooting out the elements behind the recent killings in Plateau State.

This is according to a statement signed by presidential spokesperson Garba Shehu on Sunday.

“The Presidency wishes to assure all citizens that as a government, the administration is on top of events and is moving ahead with force to crush the perpetrators of the recent incidents of unrest in Plateau State,” the statement said.

READ ALSO: Lalong Relaxes Curfew In Jos, Bassa

Recent attacks in Jos North, Bassa, Riyom, and Barkin Ladi have plunged Plateau into a state of high tension.

About 36 people were killed last week in Yelwa Zangam village, Zangam District in Jos North Local Government Area.

Many state governments have transported their indigenes from Jos metropolis and the University of Jos has been shut down.

While some have attributed the killings to ethnic and religious reasons, the state government has maintained they are “purely criminal activities that must be treated as such.”

‘Come together’

The Presidency also called for Plateau communities to unite against the violence and not resort to unnecessary politicisation of the matter.

“While these troubled communities are being reinforced with security personnel, our religious, traditional and other community leaders must not allow the use of their spaces for the propagation of violence and incitement to violence,” the statement said.

“Attempts to simplify the reasons into a basic narrative may help raise donor-dollars for international NGOs, fill pages of overseas newspapers, and burnish foreign politicians’ faith credentials; but this does not increase understanding, nor offer solutions. If anything, simplistic theorizing and finger-pointing make the situation worse.

“It is important both for Nigerians and the international community to appreciate that there are a multitude of factors attendant to these troubles.

“There is the Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorism, as well as the spate of kidnappings for ransom, transformed by some misinformed global media into a Muslim-on-Christian threat. Yet, in reality, there are no religious connotations at all when the primary purpose of these acts is to extract money.

“Then the herder-farmer clashes. While international voices and some Nigerian politicians who seek personal gain from division declare this a matter of religion, for those involved, it is almost entirely a matter of access to water and land. Herders have moved their cattle into contact with farmers for millennia. But, increasingly, due to population pressure, escalating aridity of northern states, and climate change, they are forced to travel further south to find grazing lands.

“Then, further afield in the South-east, IPOB are not struggling for freedom when they attack police stations and property, but rather committing acts of terrorism in order to steal money. IPOB is not defending Christians – as their highly-paid foreign lobbyists claim – when almost every citizen of those states they terrorize is uniformly Christian. Yet mistakenly, and because the lobbyists for IPOB have duped them, some misguided foreign media and politicians believe so.

“As for Nigerians, what we need is to come together. And we must do this firstly and for the most part by our own hands, by casting asunder those who seek to divide us for their own nefarious financial and political gain.”

Plateau Attacks: There Are ‘Sacred Cows’ Who Have Escaped Justice – Commissioner

 

Plateau State’s Commissioner for Information, Dan Majang, says so long as certain acts of injustice continue, there will be recurrences of mass violence in the state.

According to Mr Majang, who was a guest on Thursday’s edition of Sunrise Daily, one of such acts of injustice, is the failure to see that some “sacred cows” are made to feel the full weight of the law.

“If there is no justice, there will be reoccurrence. If you see an issue of this nature happening, then it means that there are sacred cows, the laws are not being applied.

READ ALSO: Several Feared Killed, Many Injured In Fresh Plateau Attack

“We have had in the past in the life of this state, at that time I was media adviser, we have had instances whereby criminal elements were intercepted – about 16 of them from another state, they were carrying weapons, they were investigated, arraigned in court and before you know it, the case files were transferred to Abuja and that was the end of it,” the Commissioner disclosed via Skype.

Giving more examples of the ‘sacred cow’ menace in the state, Mr Majang recalled a time during the Nikki Tobi Commission of Inquiry, “when a Commissioner of Police was indicted and it was recommended that he should be relieved of his position and at the end of the day, to the chagrin of the State, the man was promoted to be an IGP at the end of the day, even after the Plateau government had written against it”.

In the spokesman’s opinion, only a full implementation of the law will see to the restoration of peace in the state.

The Commissioner’s comments come few days after dozens were killed and many more injured following an attack by suspected herdsmen in Yelwa Zangam village, Zangam District of Jos North Local Government Area.

The attack left a dark cloud of doubt over Plateau State even as angry youths stormed the Plateau Specialist Hospital where the corpses of victims had been deposited and evacuated them into vans.

They later proceeded with the corpses to the State House of Assembly, blocking all roads leading to the area, and when they could not be pacified, all roads then led to the Government House; there, the corpses were laid on the floor, as the people demanded justice for the dead and their loved ones.

While noting that the people have every right to be angry, the Commissioner said the aggrieved must understand that the Plateau State government is not pleased with the violence, neither is the government happy that its people are being slaughtered.

He however, assured that the government is doing “everything humanly possible” to see that the hostilities are brought to an end, with the perpetrators having to pay for their deeds.

Mr Majang disclosed that the corpses left at the Government House have been evacuated and taken to the mortuary, adding that plans are already being made to bury the dead, while the peace building agency continues to talk to warring factions.

Speaking on the curfew that was imposed after the incident, the Commissioner said the government took the decision to ensure that the security agencies can carry out their investigations.

While stressing that the situation in Jos would have been a lot worse without the imposition of a curfew, Mr Majang said arrests are being made and the government will explore all legal means to ensure the restoration of peace in Plateau State.

Several Feared Killed, Many Injured In Fresh Plateau Attack

 

 

Several persons were feared killed with many others injured after suspected herdsmen attacked Yelwa Zangam village, Zangam District in Jos North Local Government Area, Plateau State.

The attack which occurred on Tuesday night also left several houses burnt.

While there’s yet to be any official statement from security agencies, Channels Television observed on visiting the Plateau State Specialist Hospital, that there were no fewer than 16 corpses at the morgue while those injured were receiving treatment.

According to some sources, apart from the corpses that were moved to the morgue, there were many other casualties yet to be evacuated from the burnt houses.

This comes just days after the State Governor, Simon Lalong had imposed a curfew on Jos North, Bassa and Jos South Local Government areas following an attack on Rukuba Road in Jos North Local Government Area.

Twenty-three people – who were travelling from Bauchi en-route Jos to Ikare in Ondo State – were killed in the incident while 23 others were injured during the attack.

Insecurity: UniJos Suspends Academic Activities, Closes Hostels

A file photo of a University of Jos School Gate

 

The University of Jos on Friday suspended academic activities and closed its hostels.

The suspension order was due to the intensified killing of students around the university area shortly after the relaxation of a 24-hour curfew in Jos.

According to a press statement signed by the University Registrar, Monday Danjem, all students are to return home or safer locations until normalcy is restored.

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The University management also approved the suspension of examinations for the second semester 2019/2020 academic session.

The decision was taken at an emergency meeting of management and committee of deans, directors and provost of the university.

Last Saturday, travellers along Rukuba road in Jos North Local Government had been attacked, heightening tensions in the state.

At least 25 persons were confirmed killed and 14 injured in the attack.

To curb further attacks, Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, had imposed a curfew on Jos North, Bassa and Jos South Local Government Areas.

Presidency Condemns ‘Brazen’ Attack On Travellers In Plateau

File photo of President Muhammadu Buhari

 

The Presidency has condemned an attack on travellers along Rukuba road in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau state on Saturday morning.

In a statement signed by presidential spokesperson Garba Shehu, the Presidency described the attack as “brazen and wickedly”.

Some 25 persons were confirmed killed and 14 injured in the attack, Channels Television reported earlier.

READ ALSO: 25 Killed In Plateau Attack

The victims were attacked while travelling from Bauchi en-route Jos to Ikare in Ondo state.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered security agencies to fish out the perpetrators.

Read the Presidency’s statement below:

It is widely known that Plateau State has been one of the states affected by herder-farmer clashes, which have, in a significant way, been curtailed following the intense peace-building efforts of the administration of Governor Simon Lalong,” the Presidency statement said.

However, to be clear, this is not an agriculturalist-on-pastoralist confrontation – but rather a direct, brazen and wickedly motivated attack on members of a community exercising their rights to travel freely and to follow the faith of their choosing.

With the evident preparedness of their attackers, it is clear this was a well-conceived and prearranged assault on a known target, location and religious persuasion of the travellers not an opportunist ambush.

The Presidency offers condolences to the families of the victims and continues to liaise closely with the local authorities – including security, the police, and governmental agencies.

These kinds of attacks on our country’s citizens are unacceptable, heinous, and stand in complete contradiction to the teachings of the great religions of our nation.

The Presidency stands steadfast with both Christians and Muslims at this time in condemnation of this latest attack and expects and insists that justice is swiftly – but fairly – delivered to the perpetrators.

As the facts of the sad incident continue to unfold, the Presidency commends the ongoing efforts by the Governors of Plateau, Bauchi, and Ondo; the Sultan of Sokoto His Eminence Sa’ad Abubakar III and Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi as well as a number of notable Christian and Muslim leaders as they intensify efforts to calm down the situation.

Plateau Attack: Akeredolu Calls For Calm

A file photo of Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu

 

Ondo State Governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, has appealed to residents of the state not to take laws into their hands over an attack on indigenes of the state in Rukuba village of Plateau State.

The Governor, in a statement signed by his spokesperson, assured them the situation is under control.

He also appealed to the people to refrain from any hasty colouration of the incident, maintaining that Ondo State indigenes living in Plateau State are not targets of any religion or ethnic crisis.

Some 25 persons had been confirmed killed and 14 injured along Rukuba road in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State on Saturday morning.

The victims were attacked while travelling from Bauchi en-route Jos to Ikare in Ondo State.

Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong has reacted to the incident in a statement signed by spokesperson Simon Makut.

The Governor condemned the attack and warned troublemakers bent on fomenting trouble in the state to desist as the government will not allow any form of lawlessness to disrupt the peace of the state.

The Governor said that attacks on innocent citizens, no matter their background, will never be tolerated in the state and those who are found to be behind such attacks will be dealt with decisively to serve as a deterrent and restore public order.

The statement added that the Governor has also directed security agencies to swiftly identify and arrest perpetrators.

The spokesperson of Operation Safe Haven, a military task force set up to maintain peace in Plateau State, Major Ishaku Takwa, said 12 persons have been arrested in connection with the incident, while normalcy has been restored in the area.

Lalong Condemns Killing Of Travellers In Plateau

A file photo of Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong.

 

Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong has condemned the killing of 25 people along Rukuba road in Jos North Local Government Area on Saturday.

The victims were attacked while travelling from Bauchi en-route Jos to Ikare in Ondo State.

In a statement signed by his spokesperson, the Governor warned troublemakers bent on fomenting trouble in the state to desist as the government will not allow any form of lawlessness to disrupt the peace of the state.

Lalong noted that attacks on innocent citizens, no their matter their background, will never be tolerated in the state and those who are found to be behind such attacks will be dealt with decisively to serve as deterrent and restore public order.

The statement added that the Governor has also directed security agencies to swiftly identify and arrest perpetrators.

The spokesperson of Operation Safe Haven, a military task force set up to maintain peace in Plateau State, Major Ishaku Takwa, said 12 persons have been arrested in connection with the incident, while normalcy has been restored in the area.

25 Killed In Plateau Attack

A map of Plateau state

 

Twenty-Five persons were confirmed killed and 23 injured along Rukuba Road in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau state on Saturday morning.

The victims were attacked while travelling from Bauchi en-route Jos to Ikare in Ondo state.

Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong has reacted to the incident in a statement signed by spokesperson Simon Makut.

The Governor condemned the attack and warned troublemakers bent on fomenting trouble in the state to desist as the government will not allow any form of lawlessness to disrupt the peace of the state.

The Governor said that attacks on innocent citizens, no their matter their background, will never be tolerated in the State and those who are found to be behind such attacks will be dealt with decisively to serve as deterrent and restore public order.

The statement added that the Governor has also directed security agencies to swiftly identify and arrest perpetrators.

The spokesperson of Operation Safe Haven, a military task force set up to maintain peace in Plateau State, Major Ishaku Takwa, said 12 persons have been arrested in connection with the incident, while normalcy has been restored in the area.

At Least Four Killed, Several Houses Burnt In Plateau Attack

 

At least four persons have been killed and several houses burnt in attacks on two village; Zanwah and Nchetahu of Miango District in Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State.

The attackers were said to have invaded the villages on Saturday night killing four people and leaving several others injured, while an additional four corpses were said to be recovered from the bush on Sunday.

In their account of the incident, the police in a statement signed by its Public Relations Officer, Gabriel Ubah, said the command received a report of a conflict between gunmen suspected to be Fulani militia and youths from Irigwe community.

They said four natives were killed and 50 houses were burnt.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Edward Egbuka, has visited the scene in the company of other senior officers of the command.

Ubah says the CP has now ordered an investigation into the matter.

Suspected Herdsmen Kill 16 Persons In Jos North, Riyom LGAs

 

Sixteen persons have been reported killed in two separate attacks in Jos North and Riyom Local Government Areas of Plateau State by men suspected to be herders.

The attack in Dong village of Jos North occurred at about 8.00 p.m. on Sunday as the village came under siege with sporadic gunshots.

The Village Head, Daniel Choji told Channels Television that the attackers came under the cover of darkness to unleash terror on the community. He said the attack left eight persons dead comprising of five females, two males, and an infant.

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In another attack in Kwi village of Riyom Local Government area just about a kilometre distance to the Yakubu Gowon Airport, the attackers invaded the community on Sunday night leaving eight people dead and one injured.

The member representing the Constituency in the Plateau State House of Assembly, Timothy Dantong confirmed to Channels Television that four males and four females were killed in the attack.

He described the attack as barbaric, senseless and inhuman. He also called on security operatives to live up to their responsibilities by responding to distress calls earlier and ensure that perpetrators of the heinous acts are apprehended accordingly.

In a statement from the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Gabriel Ubah, the command received a distress call from the community and responded with the deployment of a combined team of security personnel an Assistant Commissioner of Police to repel the attackers.

He added that security personnel have been deployed to the affected areas to forestall the breakdown of law and order.

Gunmen Abduct Mission School Students In Plateau

A file photo of guns retrieved from bandits used to illustrate the story

 

Four students of Capro Secondary Mission School located at Gana Ropp in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State were abducted in the early hours of Thursday.

However, three of the students have escaped, while one is still in captivity.

The school is an arm of Calvary ministries.

Capro is few kilometres away from the Yakubu Gowon airport and about 60 kilometres from Jos, the state capital.

A global mission leader and President of Para-Mallam Peace Foundation, Reverend Gideon Para-Mallam confirmed that the attackers broke the rear fence of the school where a hole was drilled to gain access into the school compound and abducted the students.

He further stated that the intervention of security agencies prevented what could have been another mass abduction as the assailants took to their heels after realising the reinforcement of security in the area.

Three of the students escaped as the abductors fled.

The Plateau State Police Command is yet to make any statement on the incident as community efforts are ongoing to secure the release of the abducted student still in captivity.

Spate of Abductions

The Plateau abduction comes as the country continues to battle several security challenges, including but not limited to an insurgency in the North-East, banditry in the North-West, secessionist agitations in the South-East and Fulani-Herdsmen crises across the Middle-Belt and several South-West states.

Bandits have, in recent times, targeted schools for mass abductions.

Several students of Greenfield University in Kaduna are still in captivity after they were abducted on April 20.

Bandits who abducted 39 students from Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, in Igabi local government area of Kaduna state recently released a video of the students, including a pregnant female student, calling for help.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday sought the assistance of the United States in fighting insecurity across the country.

The House of Representatives on Wednesday inaugurated a 40-man committee to find a solution to the country’s security challenges. The Committee is set to hold a four-day security summit in May.