In Riyom Local Government District, Plateau State, two young men identified as Joseph Davou and Jerry Bitrus were shot dead by gunmen.
It was confirmed that the incident occurred on Sunday, January 10, at approximately 8:00 pm in the local government’s Nod area along Hoss-Rim Lane.
The duo went to check on Joseph’s wife who delivered a baby boy in the Riyom LGA Bachi District and went back to Kuru after the Jos South LGA community.
The gunmen who had laid siege on the road opened fire on two of them on a motorcycle, according to a source in the city, killing them instantly while other road users scampered for protection to avoid being hit.
28-year-old Joseph Davou’s father confirmed his son’s death and the other survivor, Jerry Bitrus, 32.
“My heart is sadden with the sudden demise of my son and his friend who came to check on his wife who gave birth, but couldn’t return to Kuru, where they based, all because they had confidence in security personnel of Operations Safe Haven that came on patrol from their Sector Headwaters at Hoss to Bachi,” said the distraught father, Da Davou Dantyyang.
“I cautioned them them not to go as night was fast approaching, but they insisted to go back as security agents on patrol will give them security cover to the main road, where from they would on their own proceed to Kuru…unfortunately, they were visited with untimely death at their prime age.”
Dantyang called on both the government and security agencies to seize the perpetrators of the dastardly act, adding that most communities were under siege by notorious gunmen in the inner parts of the Riyom local government.
The Riyom LGA Divisional Police Headquarters reported the tragic incident, adding that some of the ammunition shells used were retrieved from the scene, as well as the dead person’s motorcycle.
He said their corpses were evacuated from Jos University Teaching Hospital-JUTH to Vom Christian Hospital for autopsy review before burial, which was scheduled for 12 January, 2021.
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