On Monday night in the Zak Community of the Wase Local Government Area of Plateau State, gunmen thought to be bandits engaged in combat with vigilantes. As a result of the incident, 12 individuals were slain.
On Thursday of last week, suspected bandits are alleged to have murdered seven military officers and one vigilante in several Bashar chiefdom areas in the state council.
When the House of Representatives informal committee visited the affected towns, this was made clear.
Recall that some of the settlements in the council had received quit letters from the alleged bandits, telling the locals to leave the villages immediately or risk being wiped out.
When the House of Representatives ad-hoc committee visited the council area and towns in the neighboring state to examine the wonton killings and kidnappings by bandits, the Village Head of Kanpani Zurak, Alhaji Dahiru Adamu, and other local leaders in Wase disclosed this information.
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A youth leader in Wase by the name of Sambo described the incident at Zak as follows: “The incident occurred yesterday at 9 pm and the clash left 9 of the gunmen dead while 3 vigilantes perished in the incident.
The bandits arrived in large numbers early in the morning, according to Sambo. We assumed that they spent the night in a bushes near Zak.
People in the neighborhood instantly alerted Operation Safe Haven in Zak that bandits had entered the area, and they quickly mobilized their forces to the general area and repulsed the onslaught with the vigilantes. It was a major clash occurred, Shapi continued.
When approached, Major Ishaku Takwa, the spokesman for the military taskforce known as Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), which is tasked with maintaining calm in the state, confirmed the incident to journalists but was unable to provide a number for casualties.