Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has appealed for calm, following last night's attack by gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen in Dong village, Jos North Local Government Area which led to the death of three.

The Governor, in a statement on Friday, noted that relative calm had been restored to the area following the deployment of "adequate" security while urging citizens  to be law-abiding.

Governor Lalong in the statement sympathized with the bereaved and injured in the attack, assuring that government was taking steps to alleviate their pains.

He called on citizens to  volunteer useful information to enable securities track the "criminals".

"Security agencies have been directed to do everything possible to smoke out the perpetrators of the crime from their hideouts in order to end the repeated orgy of violence in the state. 

“Besides the logistic support to security agencies, the state government has already procured 51 operational vehicles to enhance their operations.

“This is in addition to the upgrade of the communication gadgets at the State Police Command Headquarters, aimed at augmenting  the efforts of the security personnel, some of whom have paid  the supreme price,” the statement says.

Meanwhile, following last night's gun blasts in Dong village near Jos Wild Life Park which MKB reported, three people killed in the incident were today given mass burial in the village.

The three, MKB learns were members of vigilante group, stationed to guard an entry point of the village. 

An eyewitness and member of the community told MKB that the deceased were taken unaware while keeping watch during a youths' meeting in the village.

The eyewitness who prefers anonymity believes someone amongst thevillahers may have hinted the assailants that security at the entry point was weak as a result of the meeting which most vigilante men on duty attended.

Another source at the scene of the attack, Sekat Rotdunna however reported that the youths were ambushed while moving to take positions for vigil.

"I was told by youths around there that at around 1930hours (7:30pm), they dispersed themselves as usual to keep vigil over their community.

"On reaching the hills around Mai Farin Mota, unknown to them, Fulani herdsmen had laid ambush waiting for their arrival.

"As they were sharing their members to various locations on the hill, the Fulani herdsmen opened fire on them killing two and wounding so many and the shooting continued; the unarmed youths ran and took cover with calls for help which did not come in time," he said.

The attacking gunmen, Mr. Rotdunna said overpowered security operatives drafted to dislodge them during the attack.

A military armoured vehicle is reported to have frequented the Fulani settlements around Dong village which locals suspect mighr be supplying the herders with military hardware.

The allegations have however not been verified by MKB.