Five persons have been shot dead by gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen in K/Vom community of Vwang District in Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau state.
Our correspondent gathered that the gunmen stormed the peaceful community at about 10:30pm on Thursday night shot sporadically on the locals who were relaxing in a Cool spots Joint after a hectic days job.
Information reaching us from the restive community hinted that four persons were shot dead in a relaxation spot while a student of the School of Animal Health Production Vom, Plateau state was shot dead close to his shop.
Eyewitness said the gunmen escaped through the surrounding hill around the community
According to him; “After I heard the gunshots and people were crying for help, I was inside my house and I heard the footsteps of the gun men climbing the hills to escape and I didn’t know that they are the perpetrators.”
Meanwhile, Plateau State Police Commissioner, Edward Egbuka , however, confirmed the incident at the scene, described it as a set back to peace effort in the state.
“Last night, some yet to be identify gunmen attack a drinking joint in K/Vom community and shots five persons, we are here and the situation is under control. This is a setback to the peace all stakeholders, the Police Military and state government have being trying to manage here in Plateau.”
Similarly, Member representing Jos South Constituency in the Plateau State House of Assembly, Hon. Dalyop Fom described the incident as ugly and barbaric and called on the security agencies to fish out the perpetrators.
He lamented that five members of his constituents were killed and one injured. “This is a sad moment and time for my peaceful constituents; our people are not happy because we have being having these incidences over and over and we are asking ourselves when will the next one happen.
Fom described his people as hopeless and do not know where to run to as the level of insecurity increases on a daily basis and consoled the people to continue to put their trust in God for safety.
The District Head of Vwang, Da Gyang Balak condemned the killings and described it as unfortunate and barbaric.
He noted that he was informed at about 10:30pm that gunmen invaded K/Vom and shot five people death but the perpetrators are yet to be identify.
He called on the community to be calm and remained law abiding to constituted authorities and pursue their lawful business.
The affected community is housing the National Veterinary Research Institute Vom (NVIR) and the neighbouring National Institute for Policy and Strategy Study (NIPSS) among others prominent Federal Agencies was thrown into mourning mood since the attack.
Disturbed by this ugly incident, youths in the community staged a peaceful protest to demand for more security presence in their community to carry out their constitutional responsibility of protecting lives and property.