Two young lads identified as Jerry Bitrus and Joseph Davou have been reportedly shot dead by gunmen in Riyom Local Government Area of Plateau State.
It was learnt that the incident happened on Sunday, January 10, at about 8:00 pm at Nod area along Hoss-Rim road in the local government.
According to reports, the deceased duo were said to had gone to check on Joseph’s wife who put to birth a baby boy at Bachi District of Riyom LGA and were going back to Kuru, a community in Jos South LGA.
According to a reports from a source in the community, the assailants who had laid siege on the road, opened fire at two of them on a motorcycle, killing them instantly while other road users scampered for safety to avoid being hit by stray bullet.
It was the father of 28-year-old Joseph Davou, who confirmed the death of his son and the other victim, Jerry Bitrus, 32.
“My heart is sadden with the sudden demise of my son and his friend who came to check on his wife who gave birth, but couldn’t return to Kuru, where they based, all because they had confidence in security personnel of Operations Safe Haven that came on patrol from their Sector Headwaters at Hoss to Bachi,” said the distraught father, Da Davou Dantyyang.
“I cautioned them them not to go as night was fast approaching, but they insisted to go back as security agents on patrol will give them security cover to the main road, where from they would on their own proceed to Kuru…unfortunately, they were visited with untimely death at their prime age.”
Dantyang called on both the government and security agencies to fish out the perpetrators and bring them to book, adding that most communities in the interior parts of Riyom local government were under siege of notorious bandits.
The Divisional Police Headquarters of Riyom LGA while confirming the tragic incident, added that some used shells of ammunitions have been recovered from the scene, as well as the motorcycle of the deceased.
He further added that their corpses were evacuated to Vom Christian Hospital from where they would be further taken to Jos University Teaching Hospital-JUTH for autopsy examination before burial which has been slated for 12th January, 2021.