A police commander identified as Abdulrahaman Isah and a member of vigilance group were amongst eight people killed on Monday evening at the Kwoi community in Mangu Local Governement Area of Plateau State.
The PUNCH reports that Isah was identified as the Commander of IGP's Intelligence Response Team based in Mangu while the name of the vigilante was given as Hassan Mohammed.
Reacting to the killings on Tuesday, the President of the Seventh Day Adventist Church ,North East Nigerian Conference,Joshua Mallum at a press conference in Jos, condemned the continued violence in the state.
He said, "A killer is a criminal ,hence Governement must put all ethnic and religious sentiments aside in dealing with these merchants of death threatening our collective peace and existence in Plateau and Nigeria"
The Spokesman for the State Police Command,Ubah Ogaba, confirmed the Mangu killings in a statement in Jos on Tuesday
Ogaba said "On 23/08/2021 at about 1400hrs, the command received credible information about the activity of a notorious syndicate of gunrunners at Kwoi Village, in Mangu LGA of the State. On receipt of the information, the IGP's Intelligence Response Team (IRT) based in Mangu, Police Operatives attached to Mangu Division, STF and local vigilante were mobilized and swiftly raced to the area.
"On sighting the team, the hoodlums engaged them in a gun duel. But because of the tactical operational capability and superior gunfire of the Operatives, six of the hoodlums were neutralized while others fled with various degrees of bullets wounds.
Exhibits recovered from them include Three AK 47 Rifles with Breach Nos 868, 106076 and 123487.
"Regrettably, one Insp. Abdulrahaman Isah who is the Commander IGP's Intelligence Response Team based in Mangu and one Hassan Mohammed a local vigilante gallantly paid the supreme price"
The police spokesman added that investigation has since commenced and efforts were being intensified to arrest other fleeing members of the syndicate