Tuesday, 18 June 2013
Violence: Curfew Imposed on Plateau State
Following the massive violence of the past 24 hours, a curfew has been imposed on parts of Plateau State and soldiers have been deployed in the area with a view to forestalling reprisal killings.
The Plateau State government announced the dusk to dawn curfew after several political leaders were killed today by gunmen suspected to be Islamic militants in four local government areas of the state. The local government affected are Barkin Ladi, Riyom, Jos North and Jos South
Following yesterday’s massacre of about 20 people by unidentified gunmen, Senator Gyang Dalyop Dantong, and Plateau State Asemblyman Gyang Fulani were today killed along with many others at a funeral for yesterday’s victims. A House of Representatives member Simon Davou Mwadkwon was critically injured.
The death of the politicians is reported to have led to reprisal killings along Barkin Lardi Riyom expressway, where motorists were caught unawares. Several commuters were reportedly slaughtered by mobs.
In Jos, the state capital, at least four people were killed in reprisal attacks in front of Senator Dantong’s home on St-Finbarrs road.