6 Killed, 18 Houses Burnt In Fresh Plateau Attack

6 Killed, 18 Houses Burnt In Fresh Plateau Attack

 A fresh herdsmen attack took place in the early hours of Sunday at Sabon Angwa, around Mararaban Kantoma of Barkin Ladi Local Government Council, Pla

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 A fresh herdsmen attack took place in the early hours of Sunday at Sabon Angwa, around Mararaban Kantoma of Barkin Ladi Local Government Council, Plateau State, despite the imposition of dusk to dawn curfew on the locality by the state government a week ago.

Six persons were killed and 18 houses burnt down by the attackers.

Davou Choji, Secretary, Berom Educational and Cultural Organisation, told Daily Independent on Sunday that the attack took place about 2.00a.m on Sunday.

A Baptist church in the community was said to have been burnt down during the attack.

Major Umar Adams, Spokesman, military Special Task Force (STF) in charge of internal security in Jos and environs, confirmed the death of four persons and arrest of four of the assailants.

Major Umar further said the STF Commander, Major General Anthony Atolagbe, has moved STF headquarters from Jos to Barkin Ladi council area to effectively monitor and check the attackers. 

Meanwhile, Plateau Elders Advisory Council of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has called on the Federal Government to include Plateau State in the North-East Reconstruction Fund to enable Plateau State government rebuild communities ravaged by Fulani herdsmen, and pave the way for villagers who had fled to return to their ancestral homes.

Chairman of the Elders Advisory Council, Chief (Captain) Joseph Din (rtd), in a statement in Jos, on Sunday, said from the history of his state, there was no part of Plateau land that anyone could take as a no-man’s land as every land had ancestral and customary ownership.

Chief Din called on relevant agencies to review the security architecture in the state so that those who justified the recent attacks on innocent citizens of the state could be picked up and made to face the wrath of the law.

He commended the state governor, Simon Lalong, for displaying enough courage and commitments towards the restoration of peace which the people of the state had enjoyed in the last three years on the Plateau.

Captain Din urged the government to ensure the deployment of security personnel and equipment to restive communities in Plateau North and Central Senatorial Districts of the state to ward off more attacks against vulnerable rural communities in the state.

UK House Of Lords Debate On Killings Excites PDP, Afenifere, NCP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP); Afenifere, the pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, and Yunusa Tanko, Chairman, National Conscience Party (NCP), have called on other countries to follow the foot step of United Kingdom’s House of Lords that had a debate on the killings in Nigeria, especially in the Middle Belt area of the country.

The House of Lords described recent killings by Fulani herdsmen and other violent acts in the North Central states as deeply disturbing, urging President Muhammadu Buhari to take urgent steps to stop the carnage.

The debate came on the heels of the massacre of more than 200 persons in three local government areas of Plateau State last weekend.

Before the Plateau incident, killings in some states in the country, including but not limited to Benue, Adamawa and Taraba had been linked to Fulani herdsmen.

In the debate in the UK House of Lords last Thursday, several members deplored the killings in Nigeria, asking what their government had done or would do about the situation.

Lord Alton of Liverpool raised the Nigerian security issue at the House of Lords on Thursday, drawing support from members across party lines.

A cross section of the UK lawmakers who spoke on the killings in Nigeria described the scale and the frequency of the attacks as disturbing and alarming.

Lord Alton, who raised the issue, spoke on “the more than 200 people, mostly women and children, who were killed in sustained attacks on 50 villages by armed Fulani militia just this past weekend,” adding: “People are dying daily.

“This alone should serve as a wake-up call. Are we to watch one of Africa’s greatest countries go the way of Sudan? Will we be indifferent as radical forces sweep across the Sahel seeking to replace diversity and difference with a monochrome ideology that will be imposed with violence on those who refuse to comply? We must not wait for a genocide to happen, as it did in Rwanda. Ominously, history could easily be repeated.”

Another parliamentarian, Lord Suri, said: “The situation has been exacerbated by inadequate government action which has enabled attacks to continue unabated. Beyond intermittent words of condemnation, the government has failed to formulate effective strategies to address this violence. This has entrenched impunity and emboldened perpetrators even further, leading to a growth in vigilantism and periodic retaliatory violence, as communities conclude they can no longer rely on government for protection or justice.”

The PDP while lauding the decision of the UK House of Lords appealed to other nations to come to Nigeria’s aid by identifying those behind the killings.

Kola Ologbondiyan, the party’s National Publicity Secretary, said it is worrisome that despite the fact that security is one of the cardinal programmes of the Buhari administration, it has failed to provide solution to the killings.

“Everybody in the world, including international organisations, is concerned that Nigeria should get out of this situation that we have found ourselves in.

“It is worrisome and painful that we have insecurity challenges but the government has failed wholesomely to define the nature of that problem and protect Nigerians. We are unable to define those responsible for this mayhem and as such, the Federal Government has failed to find a solution to it.

“It is unfortunate that the APC government today will talk about cattle route, in another breath they are talking about ranching, in another breath, they will say it is Saharan invaders, in another breath, they will say it is Gadhafi’s soldiers. We don’t know who the invaders are.

“I believe the international community can support our government to define who the enemies really are”.

Yinka Odumakin, Afenifere’s National Publicity Secretary, also lauded the UK house as well as the United Nations and President Donald Trump of the United States for intervening in the situation.

Odumakin, who said Nigeria is gradually inching towards a pariah nation, said the international community and the Federal Government should quickly address the situation before it turns into a full-scale war.

“Before the UK, US President Donald Trump directly told the president to his face to stop the killings when he recently visited the United States recently.

“This government should be careful because we are drifting into a pariah regime. There is no segment of decent and civilised humanity that will not cringe at what is going on in Nigeria where people are being killed like chickens.

“For the governor of Plateau to admit that 200 people were killed, you can be sure that that number has been reduced in Plateau and other states.

“So clearly, it is good that the world is now turning its attention to Nigeria rather than turning the other cheek by pretending that nothing is happening here. We plead that the Federal Government and the international community should stop this carnage before it turns to full scale war”.

In his reaction, Yunusa Tanko, National Chairman of the National Conscience Party (NCP), also lauded the UK House of Lords for giving priority to the issue, saying there is no denying the fact that Nigeria needs international assistance to end the killings.

He also appealed to the international community to assist Nigeria in checkmating the influx of illegal arms and ammunitions into the country.

“The killings going on in the country have reached a very high level that the whole world is now concerned.

“The failure of the government in tackling the situation is also not acceptable by the Nigerian people. I think the decision of the UK House of Lords to discuss the issue is a welcome development.

“At this stage, we need international assistance in dealing with this situation especially when it comes to arms and ammunitions that are being imported into the country. This is a time for serious debate around the world on this matter”.