The Plateau State Police Command has confirmed that no fewer than 10 persons were killed while over 30 houses were burnt down in Te’egbe village in Miango district, Irigwe chiefdom, Bassa local government area of the state when unknown gunmen invaded the community.
It had been reported that the incident which occurred early hours of Friday, led to the killing of an unspecified number of persons while others were left injured.
The assailants stormed the community shooting sporadically with their sophisticated weapons when the villagers were asleep.
A statement issued by the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Gabriel Uba said the state Commissioner of Police, CP Bartholomew Onyeka had ordered an investigation into the attack, assuring that the perpetrators must be brought to book.
The statement reads, “On 26/11/2021 at about 0130hrs, the Command received a report of an attack by yet to be identified gunmen at Te’egbe Village of Bassa LGA of the State. Upon receipt of the report, the Commissioner of Police Plateau State Command, CP Bartholomew Onyeka, immediately drafted a tactical team of the Command to the scene to avert a further attack.
“Unfortunately, 10 persons were killed and about 30 houses set ablaze by the attackers. The Commissioner of Police further led other Senior Officers of the Command to the scene for an on the spot assessment and to console with the victims of the attack.
Recall that the state was recently engulfed with the activities of criminal elements who plunged it into a religious crisis leading to the death of many residents.
Some schools were shut down following the killings in the state as governors across the country evacuated their indigenes studying in Jos, the state capital.