Gunmen suspected to be hired assassins, in the early hours of Thursday, stormed the home of Jeremiah Useni, a former Abuja minister.
Mr. Useni was, however, not at his Langtang north Local Government Area, Plateau State home, when the gunmen came.
According to witnesses, the suspects shot at the building about 48 times.
Mr. Useni, a member of the on-going National Conference, in a telephone interview with journalists on Thursday evening, confirmed the incident.
The retired general said no lives were lost.
“I was not there myself, but I was told of the incident. No one was killed, but I will later today (Thursday) visit the scene to see things for myself,” he said.
The Police Public Relation Officer, PPRO, of the Plateau State command, Abuh Emmanuel, also confirmed the
incident to journalists in Jos.
According to Mr. Abuh, the alleged assassins were repelled by the police in the area.
“The suspects shot sporadically at the building, but no one was killed. Police have brought the situation under
control,” he said.
However, residents of the area said it was a group of vigilantes and youth who chased away the suspected assassins.
One of the witnesses, who identified himself as Nanpon, claimed to no longer be afraid of the sound of guns
shots, as it had become routine in the area.
He alleged that members of the Special Taskforce, STF, posted there often shot sporadically in the air for no just cause.
Mr. Nanpon also alleged that members of the STF harassed people in the area.
“Soldiers in our area sometimes enter our houses and beat up people even when no one has committed an offence. So when the attackers came, we thought it was soldiers doing their usual business of shooting in the air,” he said.