November 29, 2014

Six people killed, nine injured in separate attacks in Plateau state

At least six people were killed and nine injured in Plateau state in separate attacks on Tuesday.

Police officials on Wednesday confirmed that a bomb blast at a football viewing center in the restive city of Jos left one dead and nine more injured.

In an interview with the AFP, the police spokesman Samuel Dabai confirmed the bomb attack and according to reports, a body was found near the scene, but they are unclear as to whether the unidentified corpse was a victim of the blast.

An eye witness who spoke to local television reporter said he suspected the victim who died in the blast was the bomber, but the identity still remains unknown.

Meanwhile in separate attacks, gunmen were said to invade a mainly Christian village of Gwa-Rim in Riyom, leaving five dead and a number of people wounded.

“Five people, including two children, were killed around eight o’clock last night in Gwa-Rim village by suspected Fulani herdsmen,” Plateau state government spokesman Pam Ayuba told AFP.

According to the news agency’s report, the gunmen had gone door to door executing their attacks.

Mr Emmanuel Ayeni, the Plateau Commissioner of Police, confirmed the attacks and assured that security agents were investigating the killings.

“It is very unfortunate and we are doing something about that.”

Addressing the bomb blasts at the football viewing center in Tudun Wada in Jos, the police boss faulted the “nonchalant attitude of members of the public”.

Ayeni in a press briefing today said security agents were not receiving enough support from members of the public.

“The issue of policing is a holistic affair. People are nonchalant and we are not receiving commensurate cooperation from members of the public; it’s very disgusting.

“We have said it times without number that people should volunteer information to us. These bombers live among the people, they are not ghosts, but the people are not security-conscious,” Ayeni said.

He called on members of the public to volunteer information they might have on hideouts and bomb factories belonging to the Boko Haram sect.

“We can’t do it alone; all of us have to partner. It is not the business of security agencies alone,” the commissioner said.

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  • http://YourWebsite... Uchenna Azubuike

    It is only in Nigeria that various regimes have at least 22% of the country’s annual budget of security that unarmed, unprotect, defenseless, abandoned and neglected and impoverished citizens are blamed in the government’s inability or unreadiness to fight well known and well funded ethno-religious terrorists like Boko haram. If the government wats the citizens to fight Boko Haran, let it dispand the armed forces and handover all the armoured tanks, machine guns, RPGs, fighter jets and bombers, bombs to the unarmed citizens, in order for them to defend themselves.

  • http://YourWebsite... Uchenna Azubuike

    It is only in Nigeria, where various regimes (past and present) each year spends at least 22% of the country’s budget of security that unarmed, unprotect, defenseless, abandoned and neglected and impoverished citizens would be blamed for government’s inability or unreadiness to fight well known and well funded ethno-religious terrorists like Boko Haram. If the government wants the citizens to fight Boko Haram, let it dispand the all the armed forces and handover all the armoured tanks, machine guns, RPGs, fighter jets and bombers, bombs etc. to the unarmed citizens, in order for them to defend and protect themselves, since government has failed.