Plateau Massacre: ‘Step Up Security Surveillance’, NDA, PIDAN Urges Govt, Condemns Attack

 

The Oasis Reporters

June 30, 2018

The Plateau Massacre story mirrors what happened in neighboring Benue State as well as Zamfara State.
By Moses Gbande, Jos

The Ngas Body, under the aegis of Ngas Development Association, NDA and Plateau Initiative for Development and Advancement of the Native, (PIDAN) has expressed dismay over the recent attacks on defenseless civilians in Plateau State.

The two bodies wants the Nigerian government and her agencies to step up efforts towards safeguarding lives and properties of citizens.

The Ngas Development Association, NDA in a Press statement signed by its National President, Engr. Gonen Gofwen sympathizes with families who lost their love ones in the unfortunate attacks, saying it is deeply touched by the recent resurgence of violent attacks in the state.

In the same vein, the PIDAN President – Dr Aboi Madaki at a Press conference on Saturday lamented over the spate of attacks being perpetrated by
suspected Fulani herdsmen, which has been on-going in some parts of
Plateau State resulting in the deaths of many innocent people.

“The recent attacks involving more than 11 villages and claiming over 200 lives clearly showed that Plateau State is under siege with some of the Press labelling it as Plateau Genocide, Ethnic Genocide and Ethnic-cleansing.

“PIDAN in collaboration with the Conference of autochthonous Ethnic Community Development Association (CONAEDA) has a Committee on affected communities known as Committee of Frontline Communities and our data from members of the committee revealed the
following deaths in four local government areas in the June 2018 attacks”.

According to him, the death toll indicates that, “Barkin Ladi -205; Riyom-9; Jos South 3 and Mangu -2. Saying, the Plateau Initiative for Development and Advancement of the Natives (PIDAN), as the umbrella body of all the ethnic nationalities in Plateau State and owners of the Plateau land, addresses you today with heavy heart on the high toll of deaths in the State.

” Indeed, this is a moment of mourning which calls for sober reflections.
First and foremost, we wish to commiserate with the bereaved families,
the various tribes affected, the communities where these unfortunate
incidents took place, the people and indeed the Government of Plateau
State over these unfortunate incidences. We wish the injured quick recovery.

“As you are aware, these systematic attacks and killings of innocent citizens of the State has been on for a long time, but became more intense in the months of May and June 2018. Analysis of previous
attacks has shown that such are usually guerrilla and ambush in nature
with guns and machetes.

“About 97% of attacks usually remain
unrepelled and in 96% of cases, no arrest is made. Villages that had been under constant attacks have been in Barkin Ladi LGA-20; Riyom LGA-12; Bassa LGA – 6; Bokkos LGA-2.
Villages in which the natives have been sacked include the following: Barkin Ladi LGA (22)
Riyom LGA (18)
Bokkos LGA (7)
Bassa (5)
1. Rahol Mazar Rankum (Mahanga) Hurti (Mangunna Ward) Jiri

2. Rakwok Fass Josho ( Daffo Ward) Kurukwa
3. Vatt Loton Morok (Daffo Ward) Zhwego
4. Kungot Rot Chun (Rafin Acha) Ganda Mandung Daffo Rotsu
5. Akupan Darin Hotom Wurrim Nzhweresvo
6. Dorong Gwon Na Kudung Daffo Nzhewrevi
7. Rubong Shong 1 Fara Dong Hai Daffo
8. Ude Shong 2
9. Fanzat Maseh
10. Zim Janda
11. Jong Rakweng
12. Shurum Kak
13. Loh-Birin Nangam
14. Rarin Nimcha
15. Ningon Taballeng
16. Khai/kiokwo Wull
17. Kaffi-Abu Rachos
18. Kaching Rachot
19. Dogo
20. Kufang
21. Pwakuduk
22. Hyai

“There is need to adopt measures similar to those used in the North-East
on invaded communities to dislodge the invaders from the 52 villages
and return the displaced persons to their ancestral communities.

A quick review of the spate of attacks since January 2018 showed that
several lives were lost in many communities of Barkin Ladi, Bassa,
Bokkos, Riyom,Jos South, Jos North and Mangu Local Government Areas.

“Furthermore, in the June attacks, houses and properties in 15 villages
from the four Local Government Areas of Barkin Ladi, Riyom, Jos South and Mangu were destroyed, leaving scores of people homeless and a large number of farm crops destroyed. As we talk to you at this
moments, there are many wounded and injured people in various medical facilities within and outside the state, receiving medical attention.

“We condemn in strong terms, these attacks on innocent and defenseless
persons in the communities and consider such dastardly acts as callous, barbaric and inhuman. We wish to state that we shall no longer condone such provocative attacks, for an attack on any community will be an attack on all the people of Plateau State.

“We take exception to the statement credited to the spokesperson of
Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN) as reported in the Guardian of 26-6-2018, that ‘the killings were reprisals following the disappearance of 5 of their members and several cow rustling
incidences in Barkin Ladi area’. We are equally aware of the utterances of some Fulani leaders in the State in the aftermath of the killings, where they corroborated the statement that the killings were retaliatory and will continue. It is unfortunate that those credited
with war tuned statements are still working freely in the streets without being arrested. We call on the security agencies to investigate the leadership of MACBAN and those found guilty of this
heinous crime be prosecuted.

Amnesty International Nigeria Press Release of 28-06-18 reported that
the last attacks in 11 villages in Plateau State went on for 7 hours killing about 200 people without intervention from the security forces.

” This is a clear testimony of the poor and inefficient response to conflict situations in the State by the current security
architecture. This is not acceptable.

“We call on both the State and
Federal Governments to review the security architecture and reposition
the security system to allow it to respond to early warning within ten minutes in line with global best practices.”

Greg Abolo

Blogger at The Oasis Reporters.

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