A young woman identified as Satmun Gyokos, was among residents killed by suspected Fulani militias who attacked the Maikatako Community, in Bokkos Local Government Area of Plateau State.
According to friends and former coursemates, Satmum graduated from the Federal College of Education, Pankshin, two months ago.
Spokesperson of the command, DSP Alfred Alabo, who confirmed the incident to newsmen in Jos on Wednesday November 16, said the gunmen killed a family of nine and many others.
Alabo said that the gunmen stormed the community on Tuesday night and started shooting sporadically.
The PPRO said men of the command had been deployed to the community to ensure calm.
“Our men are currently going after the assailants; we are on top of the situation, but the details of the attack are still sketchy,” he added.
However, Mr Mahanan Job, a resident of the community, told NAN that so far in the search and rescue conducted by community members, 18 dead bodies had been recovered.
According to Job, there is serious tension in the community, even with presence of policemen and soldiers.
Meanwhile, Plateau State Governor Simon Bako Lalong has ordered security forces to go after terrorists who attacked Maikatako village.
Governor Lalong who condemned the attack said the killers must be fished out and brought to justice for the dastardly act.
Lalong said the rising incidences of attacks and destruction of farm crops, livestock and other properties within the general Bokkos area is becoming worrisome and must be checked immediately.
While sympathising with the families of the victims, the Governor reiterated that his administration will not allow terrorists and bandits to take foothold in any part of the State as all security agencies have been directed to be firm and hard on any person or groups behind the criminal acts.
He again appealed to communities to always be security conscious and report any suspicious movements to the security agencies for immediate action particularly during the forthcoming yuletide season.