According to reports, at least 18 bodies were transported in two Hilux vans from the disaster site to the Plateau Specialist Hospital mortuary.
Despite the fact that the violence has been quenched by Soldiers from the Special Task Force (STF) assigned to security, the city is nevertheless shrouded in fear and tension.
Along the way with the corpses, they came upon some vans transporting Fulani. The Fulani claimed to be commuters from Bauchi, but the outraged youngsters questioned them, pointing out that Rukuba road does not link to the Bauchi highway. They feared they were on their way to attack them at the cemetery.
In a statement signed by his Director of Press, Simon Macham reads in part:
â€œGovernor Simon Bako Lalong has warned trouble makers bent on fomenting trouble in Plateau State to desist as the government will not allow any form of lawlessness to disrupt the peace of the State.
â€œLalong said the attacks on innocent citizens no matter their backgrounds will never be tolerated in Plateau State and those who are found to be behind such attacks will be dealt with decisively to serve as deterrence and restore public order.
â€œThe Governor however commends security agencies for their immediate response leading to the arrest of some suspects and the restoration of calm to the area.â€
also expressed his condolences to the victims' families and assured all
law-abiding citizens that security around the region, as well as
throughout the capital, had been tightened up to prevent further
breaches of the peace.
He urged individuals to be attentive and security conscious when reporting suspicious people or behavior in their neighborhoods so that law enforcement officials can respond promptly.
Lalong also ordered Prof. Danladi Atu, the State Secretary to the Government, to visit the affected districts and assess the situation, as well as ensure that those who were hurt received sufficient medical care.