At least 18 people have been reported dead following two days of persistent attacks on villages around the Josho area of Daffo district, in Bokkos Local Government Area of Plateau State.

The attacks which the locals attribute to Fulani herdsmen began on Wednesday with the killing of one and wounding shooting of four women at about midnight in Nghakudung village near Josho.

The attacks persisted till Thursday morning, worsening towards evening, sources say.

By Friday morning, five people were reportedly killed with over 2000 people displaced from eight villages around the Josho area.

As of 7pm on Friday, "No less than 18 people were killed in different locations within the area," a local Chief, Sunday Akuns said.

Councillor of Daffo Ward, Danjuma Mabas who currently houses over 10 displaced persons from the affected villages equally confirmed the figure, saying more people were still missing.

Spokesperson of the STF in Plateau State, Maj. Umar Adams had yesterday said the situation was under control.

Some of the survivors however say they haven't seen much security presence in the community.

Gov. Simon Lalong had on Thursday told President Muhammad Buhari that his administeation had succeeded in restoring peace and security in the State.

The latest attacks which resumed few hours to the President's visit to the State have however sparked outraged in different quarters.

The Plateau State PDP Youth Vanguard for Grassroots Mobilization (PPYV4GM) for instance has slammed the Governor over his inability to speak truth to the President on the security situation in the state, calling him to resign.

According to a statement by the its President, Mr. D'yong Mangut, the group regretted that while "innocent citizens were being killed at an alarming rate,  the Governor  continues to behave indifferently."

"Since the coming onboard of the current administration, conflict has continued to plague certain parts of Riyom, Barkin Ladi, Bokkos, and Bassa  with no genuine security plan by the Governor to arrest the drift," the group said.

It added, "Cognizant of the fact that the Governor swore an oath to protect the lives and properties of Plateau people which he has failed to uphold through his pacifist and nonchalant attitude to exert the political will needed to tackle  the rising conflict in the State, the group calls on the Plateau State House of Assembly to rise up to its constitutional responsibility of scrutinizing the failures of the executive by initiating impeachment proceedings on the Governor should he fail to render his resignation letter since he has violated his oath of office."

The group commiserated with the victims of the "carnage ongoing in the State," calling on spirited individuals to come to the aid of the displaced victims.

EARLIER REPORT BY MKB LAST NIGHT AT 6PM

Death toll from last night's attacks in Plateau's Mayi and Josho villages of Daffo district, Bokkos LGA has risen to ten, MKB learns.

Several other people have been displaced from about eight villages, Councillor of Daffo Ward, Hon. Danjuma Mabas said.

A number of aged people in the affected villages are also missing, Mabas said.

According to him, several other people are currently being treated of varying degrees of gunshot injuries.

Security around the troubled area, the Councillor says appears to be comprised.

"The whole place has been left to the mercy of the attackers," he said.

Attacks in the Daffo villages have persisted since January 24, 2018 when about seven people were killed around Josho community.

The latest attacks began on Wednesday when five women were shot in Nghakudung village in the Josho area.

A local Chief, Sunday Akuns and the Daffo Ward Councillor, Danjuma Mabas said the injured were taken to the hospital where one eventually died, by Vigilante members without security cover.

The STF Spokesperson, Maj. Umar Adams however said STF personnel saved the women by taking them to hospital.

The attack resulted in demonstrations yesterday when President Buhari was on a working visit to Plateau State.

While the STF said it drafted its men to the scene to contain the situation, heavy gunfire were reported in the villages throughout the night with five losing their lives.

The five were said to have been ambushed while fleeing to safety around Mayi village.

More people were reported to have been attacked in other villages including Ganda and Farandong Hai villages where the January 24 attack was recorded.

A similar attack was this morning reported in a Bassa village.

No official statement has been released by government authorities on the situation yet.