No fewer than 36 persons were killed by suspected bandits in an attack on Yelwa Zangam community of Jos North Local Government area of Plateau State, Tuesday night, thus sparking wild protests the following day.
This was just as eight persons were allegedly killed by suspected herders in the Yelwata community, Guma Local Government Area of Benue State on Tuesday also.
Many residents were said to have been injured and one person allegedly abducted in the Venue attack.
Meanwhile, angry youths stormed some hospitals, including the Plateau State Specialist Hospital, Jos, where they seized corpses of the victims of the attack, went round with them in a truck, before depositing them at the Government House.
The angry youths who staged a protest, condemned both the federal and state government for failing to protect the residents.
The Plateau youths packed the victims’ corpses inside a truck, drove to the Government House, and dumped them there.
The latest incident is sequel to that of August 14, when a group of youths along the Rukuba Road in the Jos North Local Government Area killed 22 persons, who were among passengers of five buses travelling from Bauchi State to Ikare Akoko in Ondo State.
The travellers had gone back to Bauchi State for an Islamic programme and were on their way back to Ondo State when they were attacked.
On Wednesday, Jos was enveloped in tension again following the killing of 35 persons in Ahwol Ward of the Naraguta community in the same local government area the previous night.
It was learnt that around 10pm on Tuesday, gunmen stormed the Yelwa Zangam community and killed no fewer than 36 persons and injured many others, who were rushed to the Bingham University Teaching Hospital, Jos, for treatment.
It was gathered that when the gunmen got to the community, they were shooting in every direction before they went from house to house and gunned down many residents.
The paramount ruler of the Anaguta ethnic nationality in the state, Johnson Jauro, confirmed the attack.