In the Mangu and Bokkos Local Government Areas of Plateau State, gunmen have attacked at least four communities and killed dozens of locals.
Reports state that on Sunday night, suspected bandits assaulted the settlements and started a rash of violence.
There were a number of residents reported to have perished in the attack, while the precise number of casualties is yet unknown.
Simon Lalong, the governor of Plateau State, has ordered security personnel to find the perpetrators of the attacks.
The governor’s declaration that the perpetrators must be “brought to justice without delay” was cited in a statement on Monday by Makut Macham, the director of press and public relations for Lalong.
He claimed that the communities’ tension has been reduced by the quick response of security services.
“The attacks are another attempt to reintroduce the era of violence and crises which have been largely contained due to the government’s huge investment in security, peacebuilding and reconciliation,” the governor said.
“While commiserating with those who lost their lives and properties, the Governor directed the Peace Building Agency and the State Emergency Management Agency to immediately reach out to the victims with support.”
Meanwhile, TheCable Index in a review of the killings and kidnappings in 2022 that Plateau, along with Niger, Zamfara, Kaduna, and Benue, accounted for 40% of the 4,545 people killed during the year.