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5 Killed, 12 Houses Burnt in Renewed Jos Violence

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By Jide Afolabi, Jos

Not less than five people were killed and twelve houses burnt in renewed violence that broke out on Sunday in Dutse Uku, Angwan Damisa and Angwan Rukuba areas of Jos in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau state, CityMirrorNews can authoritatively confirm.

Violence broke out during the protest by some youths who were protesting the killing of a man identified as Enock Monday whose motionless body was found between Dutse Uku and Angwan Damisa.

The body of Enock has been deposited at the Plateau State Specialist Hospital where he was confirmed dead by the doctors.

According to the Police, quick intervention by the security agencies forestalled further breakdown of law and order and efforts are on to arrest the organisers of what the police tagged ‘criminal protest that leads to a breach of law’ and killers of Enock.

In a statement signed and released today, Monday by the Police Public Relations Officer, Plateau State Command, DSP Tyopev Matthias Terna, ‘the area is being patrolled’ to maintain peace.

The statement reads in part:

“On the 26/05/2019 at about 1130hrs, the Plateau State Police Command received a report from one Sarki Arum ‘m’ of Tina Area of Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State that one Enock Monday ‘m’ of Tina was seen lying motionless at an area between Dutse Uku and Angwan Damisa in Jos North Local Government.

“The Command immediately mobilised to the area and removed the body to Plateau Specialist Hospital where he was confirmed dead by the doctor on duty and corpse deposited at the mortuary of the same hospital.

“Youth of the area started protesting when the news of
Enock’s death filtered into the community.

“The Area Commander Jos Metro mobilised personnel of the divisions within his jurisdiction and moved with the Commanding Officer of 8PMF and the Divisional Police Officer of Nasarawa Gwong Division under whose jurisdiction the crime was committed to the scene of the crime.

“As a result of the protest, five (5) persons lost their lives and twelve (12) houses were burnt down.

“With the efforts of The Area Commander Jos Metro, the Commander of Operation Safe Haven, the Commanding Officer 8PMF and the Divisional Police Officer Nasarawa Gwong Division, the situation has been brought under control.”

Meanwhile, tension continues to pervade the area especially, Angwan Rukuba, Cele, Tina, Dutse Uku Angwan Damisa and Rikkos area today has many residents, for fear of attacks, failed to go out for businesses.

The police, however, enjoined the residents of the area to remain calm.

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