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Gunmen kill 10, injure 19 at Plateau festival

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Gunmen on Saturday killed 10 persons and injured 19 others during a cultural festival in Chando Zerreci community, Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State.

The National Publicity Secretary of Irigwe Youth Movement, Lawrence Zango, confirmed the incident in a statement on Sunday in Jos.

He said the criminals launched the attack during the annual “Zerreci festival” which usually ushers the residents into the new farming season.

He added that the injured persons are currently receiving treatment at a hospital in the area.

He urged government at all levels and the security agencies to find lasting solution to the incessant attacks in the state.

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Zango said: “The government has a responsibility to promote and protect human rights, including the right to life, and a duty to protect civilians from attacks by taking effective measures to prevent and deter attacks on our people.”

“The government must as a matter of urgency investigate the attack in Irigwe land and bring the perpetrators to justice and ensure that families and other victims are adequately compensated.”

The spokesman for the state police command, Ubah Ogaba, confirmed the attack.

He added that the command had mobilised armed officers to the area to restore normalcy.

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