13 people are reported to have been killed after gunmen, suspected to be Fulani herdsmen, attacked lwa, Dum, Rachit and Dyang villages of Bachit district in Riyom Local Government Area of Plateau State.
Spokesman for the Special Task Force, Captain. Ikedichi Iweha, who confirmed the attack, said soldiers were still conducting a mop-up operation.
Captain Iweha adds that the Task Force has apprehended 82 suspects mostly of Cameroon, Nigeria and Chad within Rikkos community in Jos north Local Government Area of Plateau State.
Plateau state Governor Jonah Jang has assured residents of the communities affected by the flood disaster in Jos North Local Government Area to construct road networks and drainages to open up the areas which will curtail reoccurring of flood disaster in the affected communities.
Addressing community leaders and the internally displaced persons at the College of Islamic Studies Centre, Rikkos, the governor observed that lack of adequate drainage and planning were responsible for the disaster, hence government determination to address the issue of flooding in the affected areas and other places prone to such natural disaster.
The governor also assured that government will pay compensation for houses that will be demolished in the course of road construction and drainage systems.
The governor was accompanied by government functionaries to express government concern and readiness to partner with the communities in providing necessary infrastructure that will curb future occurrence.
Commiserating with the displaced persons over the loss of family members and property including community leaders present at the camp; the governor appealed to the people to always adhere to environmental instructions in order to avoid future occurrence.
Intervention in the camps by government and Non-Governmental Agencies have been on the increase since the disaster occurred with National Emergency Management Agency leading the pack in providing relief materials for the displaced persons.
The United Nations systems comprising Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, International Organisation on Migration, Food and Agriculture Organisation as well as UNICEF are also on ground to render assistance to the flood disaster.
A joint security operation by the Special Task Force (STF) in Plateau state has discovered a hideout of suspected members of fundamentalist sect, Boko Haram, in Rikkos area of Jos, the state capital.
The military, police and members of the State Security Services were all involved in the joint security effort.
A statement by the spokesman of the STF, Captain Markus Mdahyela, revealed that the hideout was discovered by the security operatives following intelligence reports on a location where six women and 11 children of alleged Boko Haram members were kept in solitary confinement.
According to the statement, arms and ammunition and improvised explosive devices were recovered from the hideout while one of the improvised explosive devices, detonated during the operation but no casualty was recorded.
“The first operation on Thursday 17th May, led to the rescue of six women and eleven children while items recovered from the bungalow include a laptop, external hard disk, eight cell phones, 23 SIM cards and 19 improvised explosive detonators, the statement read.”
The women and children were all rescued for further investigation and rehabilitation, the statement adds.
On further search in the early hours of Saturday, Captain Mdahyela, stated that, one ak 47, four magazines fully loaded with 7.62mm special and 150m rounds of 7.62 special , 347 rounds of 9mm were also discovered.
Other items recovered are eight bags of urea nitrate fertilizer, two generators, four improvise explosive devices, 395 snipper ammo, 60mm cortex blue wire and other dangerous weapons.
The Special Task Force statement warned citizens not to allow their houses to be used by terrorists as it will be demolished
It also advised landlords and agents to thoroughly screen tenants and report suspected persons to appropriate security agencies.
Meanwhile, the terrorists’ hideout and environs have been placed under heavy military surveillance.
Plateau state has witnessed repeated bomb explosions claimed by the fundamentalist sect that has been raging an insurgency in the northern part of the country.