Following the hostilities on Tuesday night in the border communities of Mangu and Barkin Ladi local government areas of Plateau, Gov. Simon Lalong has called for calm on the part of residents.
Lalong, in a statement by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Mr Emmanuel Nanle, appealed to all residents to embrace peace and not take laws into their hands while reporting suspicious movements to security agencies.
He said the unfortunate attacks, which claimed many lives and properties, took place at the border communities of Kadunu and Fan of Mangu and Barkin local government areas respectively.
Lalong stated that it was regrettable that as government made efforts to ensure the end of violent conflicts in Barkin Ladi, Riyom and some parts of Jos South Local Government, the state was faced with another communal crisis.
He, however, commended the security agencies for their prompt response in curtailing the escalation of the situation and also charged them to do the needful to forestall future occurrences.
Lalong also commended the management of Jos University Teaching Hospital and Comprehensive Centre in Gindiri for providing medical services to the injured.
The governor directed the State Emergency Management Agency to as a matter of urgency provide relief materials to all those affected.