The Plateau State Police command has said on Tuesday, that eight persons have been killed at Mangu Local Government Area of the state.

The eight persons included a policeman, Abdulrahman Isha who was the Commander of Inspector-General of Police’s Intelligence Response Team based in Mangu, and a vigilante identified as Hassan Mohammed.

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It was learnt that the victims were killed on Monday evening at Kwoi community.

The President of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, North East Nigerian Conference, Joshua Mallum, at a press conference in Jos however, condemned the continue attacks in the state

He said, “A killer is a criminal, hence governement must put all ethnic and religious sentiments aside in dealing with these merchants of death threatening our collective peace and existence in Plateau and Nigeria.”

Confirming the incident the Plateau State Police mouthpiece, Ubah Ogaba said that “On 23/08/2021 at about 1400hrs, the command received credible information about the activity of a notorious syndicate of gunrunners at Kwoi Village, in Mangu LGA of the State. On receipt of the information, the IGP’s Intelligence Response Team (IRT) based in Mangu, Police Operatives attached to Mangu Division, STF and local vigilante were mobilized and swiftly raced to the area.

“On sighting the team, the hoodlums engaged them in a gun duel. But because of the tactical operational capability and superior gunfire of the Operatives, six of the hoodlums were neutralized while others fled with various degrees of bullets wounds.

“Exhibits recovered from them include Three AK 47 Rifles with Breach Nos 868, 106076 and 123487.

“Regrettably, one Insp. Abdulrahaman Isah who is the Commander IGP’s Intelligence Response Team based in Mangu and one Hassan Mohammed a local vigilante gallantly paid the supreme price.”

He added that further investigation had since commenced.

 

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