No fewer than 14 persons were on Sunday night killed and several others injured by suspected Fulani attackers at Kwata, Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State‎.
According to a source in the community, Mr. John Dalyop, the Fulani had written to warn the community of Kwata, Trade Centre, and Kuru that they were not going to enjoy a peaceful Christmas season, but the communities took the warning lightly.
Then on Sunday night the Fulani lived up to their threat, when they attacked about six houses in Kwata leaving not less than 14 dead.
Dalyop said the attackers, who arrived the community at about 9pm, broke into their houses through the weak doors and windows, most of which are made from zinc roofing sheets‎.
“They hacked down helpless children and women‎, leaving them in the pool of their blood. Others who tried to escape into the nearby bush were shot by the attackers.”
When our correspondent visited the community, it was wailing and weeping everywhere, as people who ‎have relatives in the community hurry to see if they were spared.
Another source from the community, who described the incident as dastardly, added that the attackers communicated only in English and Hausa languages throughout the raid, adding that men of the community were yet to return home from where they had gone to relax.
He said he hid in between the ridges of a farmland all through the about 30 minutes raid, adding that security operatives only arrived about an hour after the attackers had escaped into the nearby hills.
Corpses of the victims were seen outside littering the attacked compounds while the injured have been rushed to the hospital as at the time of this report.
When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Abu Emmanuel confirmed that there was an attack in the community, but however said the casualty figure could not be ascertained.
“The Police Commissioner has drafted men to the scene of the sad incidence. Efforts are made to ensure that the perpetrators of the act are arrested.
“We are appealing to the public to go about their normal businesses as the situation has been put under control, he added.
In a related development, the Operation Safe Haven, OPSH, deployed to restore law and order in Jos has informed citizens of the state of an eminent threat to the peace currently enjoyed in the state.
According to a statement signed by Captain Iweha Ikedichi, the media and information officer, “Available information reveals that some persons are bent on disturbing the state through religious crisis.
“The never-do-wells behind the plot to destabilise and disrupt the peace currently being enjoyed are angered by the unsuccessful attack on the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, by the Shiite Islamic sect in far away Zaria in Kaduna State.
“The OPSH reiterates its determination to prevent a relapse to an era of crisis and violence and will take all necessary measures in line with its mandate to prevent any form of loss of lives or property.”

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