Nigerian Police Confirms Number of Villages Affected, Casualty Figure in Plateau Christmas Eve Gunmen Attacks

Gunmen attacked 15 communities in Bokkos and Barkin-Ladi local government areas of Plateau on Christmas eve; killed 96 persons and destroyed 221 houses.

The assailants also destroyed eight vehicles and 27 motorcycles, Police spokesman in the state, DSP Alfred Alabo, stated on Tuesday in Jos.

“On Dec. 24, at about 10 p.m., gunmen attacked 15 villages in Bokkos and Barkin-Ladi Local Government Areas simultaneously.

“Findings from the assessment of the incident in Bokkos revealed that the 12 villages were attacked; more than 79 persons killed and 221 houses were set ablaze.

“Twenty-seven motorcycles and eight vehicles were equally burnt down.

“Three communities were attacked in Barkin-Ladi where 17 persons were killed.

“Investigation and monitoring are still on and further development will be communicated soon,’’ Alabo stated.

He listed communities attacked in Bokkos Local Government Area as Ndun, Ngyong, Murfet, Makundary, Tamiso, Chiang, Tahore, Gawarba, Dares, Meyenga, Darwat and Butura Kampani.

Alabo stated also that communities attacked in Barkin-Ladi Local Government Area were NTV, Hurum and Darawat.

Source: NAN