Five people have been reported dead following a gun attack by yet to be identified persons at a mining stream in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State.

The attack which occurred at about 9am on Tuesday as confirmed by officials follows moves by the State Government to speed up the review of the Criminal Justice Act.

On Wednesday, the State Governor, Simon Lalong in a statement through the State Commissioner of Information and Communication, Yakubu Dati, said review of the criminal justice act will ensure quick dispensation of justice on such violent attacks, without fear or favour.

The statement says, "Governor Simon Lalong is intensifying collaboration with the legislative arm in finalising the appropriate legal frameworks to ensure that murderers that attackers our communities are brought to Justice."

It urged religious groups, and Nongovernmental organizations to sustain their peace promotion efforts, "just as security agencies unravel the assailants". 

The last time arrests were made after attacks was however in July after the June massacre of over 200 people mainly in Barkin Ladi and Riyom LGAs.

The Governor who has in the past regretted the limited powers conferred on State Governors by the constitution, to officiate over security matters has lately appeared to be confident issuing public directives to securities to track perpetrators of violent attacks.

His confidence according to the State Information Commissioner, Yakubu Dati is hinged on the commitment demonstrated by security agencies in the state to cooperate with the civil authorities towards restoring peace and security in the state.

Whether such efforts yield any results however, only time will tell.