•2 others escape with bullet wounds
From MARIAM ALESHINLOYE AGBOOLA, Jos
Four members of a family comprising the father, mother and two children were yesterday morning shot dead by unknown gunmen at Chaha Village of Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State. Three others escaped with bullet wounds.
The gunmen who invaded the house of 43-year-old Iliya Yakubu at about 1:30a.m killed him, his wife Lyop, 38, their son, Nuhu and a-year-old daughter, Peace, in their sleep, while three others who were in separate rooms were shot while trying to escape. One of the three that were wounded and currently receiving treatment at the Vom Christian Hospital Vom, Alice Iliya disclosed that she heard one of the assailants calling her brother’s name before forcing their way into the family compound. She said they ransacked the entire house before getting the four in their room.
According to her, the three of them receiving treatment were shot through the window when they were spotted trying to escape into the nearby bush. The State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Abuh Emmanuel who confirmed the incident, said the gang fled into the bush before security agents arrived at the scene. He said the state police command had commenced full investigation into the killings and deployed both the anti-terrorist and anti-robbery squads to the village to prevent further attack.