Following the deaths of “over 100” persons on Saturday night, the government of Plateau State has imposed a curfew on Riyom, Barakin Ladi and Jos south Local Government Areas of the state.
The curfew was announced on Sunday afternoon by the secretary to the state government, Rufus Bature.
According to him, the movements in the three local government areas would be restricted between 6pm and 6am, but that those on “essential duties” would be exempted.
“The Plateau State government has imposed curfew in Riyom, Barkin Ladi and Jos South to avert a breakdown of law and order,” Mr Bature stated.
“Movement is restricted from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., except those on essential duties.”
Ladi Choji, chairman of Berom Youth Movement, had told newsmen that over 100 persons were killed while houses, including churches, were torched.
He said 31 corpses were recovered from Gashish village, 42 others from different villages in Barkin Ladi.
The attacks were blamed on suspected herdsmen.
“I believe that this attack was carefully planned by the herdsmen in collaboration with some military personnel who aided the attack,” he said.
“We have recovered 34 corpses from Gana Ropp and 8 from Gashis while several others have not been recovered.
“The corpses would be close to 100 because apart from 42 corpses that we have recovered, we are mobilising people to go into the villages to pick other corpses corpses that have not been recovered.”
Mathias Tyopev, spokesman of the Plateau police command, confirmed the incident but could not give casualty figure.