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Police confirm 8 dead in Plateau attack

20 March 2013, 16:17

Jos - Police on Wednesday confirmed the killing of eight persons in Tuesday's night attack on Mavo village in Wase Local Government Area of Plateau.

``The attack is very unfortunate and callous. We have not arrested anyone as yet. But I can confirm that it was carried out by herdsmen in the night of Tuesday,'' Mr. Chris Olakpe, Commissioner, Plateau Police Command, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jos.

``We are aware of this sad incident and it is particularly hard coming at a time we are working towards the restoration of permanent peace on the Plateau,'' he said..

Olakpe debunked the report of a reprisal attack on a school and another attack on some residents of Wase town, describing such reports as ``frivolous``.

He said that police officers and men of the Special Task Force (STF) were keeping vigil at the Mavo village to forestall any further outbreak of law and order.

``We are already meeting with all the stakeholders to ensure that calm returns to the troubled area,'' he said.

Also speaking, Capt. Salisu Mustapha, Media Officer of Special Task Force (STF), said that his men had cordoned off the entire Mavo village to avoid further breakdown of law and order.



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