At least 86 persons have been confirmed dead following series of attack by suspected Fulani herdsmen on Gashish District in Plateau state.
The Police Command in Plateau State, had earlier on Sunday, said that it had only recovered 11 corpses from some of the villages.
But a statement released later by the police indicated that the death toll in the attack on the communities in the Barkin Ladi Local Government Area on Saturday night had risen to 86.
It added that six people were injured, 50 houses burnt, 15 motorcycles razed while two motor vehicles were torched.
Residents however revealed that contrary to reports, over 200 people have been killed by the gunmen.
The spokesperson for the Plateau State Police Command, Matthias Tyopev, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, in an updated statement issued on Sunday night, said the earlier 11 death toll in the attacks was due to the information at its disposal as of then before the arrival of the search and rescue team from the Barkin Ladi LGA.
He said, “Sequel to the attack in the Gashish District of Barkin Ladi LGA yesterday (Saturday) June 23, 2018, the Commissioner of Police, Plateau State Command, Jos, Undie Adie, after deploying more personnel in the district sent a search and rescue team from the Command headquarters today (Sunday) for an on-the-spot assessment.
“The team headed by ACP Edeh John of the Department of Operations had also the DPO of the Barkin Ladi Division and a Unit Commander from Mopol 38. After a careful search of the villages attacked in the District, the following were discovered: 86 persons altogether were killed, six people injured, 50 houses burnt, 15 motorcycles and two motor vehicles also burnt.
“The team also carried out a detailed deployment. Corpses were released to the families for burial. The command earlier in the day confirmed only 11 people dead as the result of the attacks due to the information at its disposal before the arrival of the search and rescue team from the Barkin Ladi LGA. This is to update members of the public of the situation as regards the attacks in the Gashish District as promised earlier on.”
The attack was said to have been launched at Xland. Gindin Akwati, Ruku, Nghar, Kura Falls and Kakuruk all in Gashish District were completely sacked by the assailants.
Other areas affected by the attacks included Rakok, Kok and Razat in the Ropp District.
Meanwhile, the Plateau State Government imposed a dusk to dawn curfew in Riyom, Barkin Ladi and Jos South LGAs.
The decision, according to the government, is to avert the breakdown of law and order.
A statement issued on Sunday by the Secretary to the State Government, Rufus Bature, said movement would be restricted from 6 pm to 6 am, except those on essential duties.