At least seven persons were killed and several houses burnt in a renewed violence which started yesterday in Tina Junction area of Jos, Plateau State. This is coming as unknown gunmen on Saturday invaded Okpoga,the headquarters of Okpokwu Local Government Area of Benue State, killing eight persons.
The Jos violence began when an Apostolic Church in the area was allegedly attacked during its Sunday service by some youths believed to have come from the Hausa community in Jos.
The native youths soon mobilised for a reprisal leading to full-blown riot that escalated to other parts of the city, including Rikkos, Bauchi Ring Road, Students’ Village of the University of Jos, Faringada, Katako, Dilimi and Cele Bridge near Tina Junction in Jos.
Some visitors who were in transit from a wedding ceremony in Gombe, who did not know their road, ran into the riot and three of them were killed. Also, a 200 level Law student of the University of Jos was among those attacked and killed.
The unknown gunmen, numbering about 10, invaded the area and shot sparodically at any one at sight leading to the death of no fewer than eight persons, including Mr. Okoh Simon, an emergency ambulance service provider who lived at the city centre.
Following this fresh crisis, the management of jos university teaching hospital (JUTH) has reportedly postponed the post basic Nurse Anaesthetist entrance exam scheduled to hold tomorrow (Wednesday 3rd of October 2018).
The decision according to them was as a result of the insecurity presently been encountered in the city.
Recall that sometimes last week, the plateau state government announced a curfew between the hours of 6.00 am – 6:00 pm daily until further notice.