22 commuters were killed by armed men in Plateau state on Saturday.
The Plateau State Police Command yesterday confirmed the death of 22 persons following an outbreak of violence on Rukuba Road in Jos, the state capital yesterday.
The police also confirmed the arrest of 12 suspects and the rescue of 21 people from the incident.
The corpses, it was gathered, were conveyed in two Hilux vans from the crisis spot to the mortuary of the Plateau Specialist Hospital.
Although the violent incident has been put under control, the city was enveloped in tension at press time yesterday.
Trouble began when some people suspected to be Irigwe youths attacked a convoy of five buses conveying some Muslim faithful who were heading to Ikare, Ondo State from the Annual Zikr prayer in Bauchi State.
For two days before the incident, Irigwe youths had announced that they would be conveying the corpses of their slain members for burial in Bassa yesterday.
They had set out in a convoy for the burial on yesterday morning when the incident occurred along Rukuba Road.
Confirming the incident, the spokesman of the Plateau State Police Command, Gabriel Ubah, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, said: “On 14/08/2021 at about 0928hrs, the Plateau State Police Command received a distress call that a group of attackers suspected to be Irigwe youths and their sympathisers along Rukuba Road of Jos North LGA attacked a convoy of five buses with Muslim faithful who were coming back from the Annual Zikr prayer in Bauchi State and heading to Ikare in Ondo State.
“Unfortunately, twenty-two (22) persons were killed and fourteen injured in the attack.
“Upon receipt of the report, a team of police personnel, the military and other sister agencies were immediately mobilised to the scene where seven victims were rescued and six suspects arrested.