Residents of Dorowa Babuje in Barkin Ladi LGA of Plateau State have had another sour night as armed men shot dead a teenager, David James at about 7:52pm of 11th March, 2021.
The community was set in confusion as a result of the sporadic gunfire that engulfed the teen who just went out to defecate in a nearby backyard of the community.
In a reaction, his aged father, Mr James Solomon narrated that, “we have been visited with a very big loss of my son, David James, who was 18 and a secondary student of JS 2 at Elisto Private School, Barkin Ladi. He was largely our human strength in terms of provisions for survival through Tin mining the lad was engaged in while schooling,” he said.
Mr. James Solomon 68 year old and mother, Mrs. Rose James 60 years of age of Dorowa Babuje couldn’t hold their tears as they cried out their hearts over the heavy loss. Mr Solomon added that, “my son was on a particular medication that made him go defecate frequently. He was pressed again and went out as usual since we don’t have the means to have an indoor restroom, it was there his precious life was terminated by the killers,” that turned the whole environment into pandemonium and mourning.
An anonymous source has it that, “he did not die on the spot. We carried him alive to the nearby hospital where the deceased, before his dead, promised to disclose some of the attackers he identified, not knowing that he would give up his ghost in a short while,” as gathered.
The incident throws the community into a state of commemorating the mass invasion meted out in 2018 and other isolated killings that followed when suspected Fulani militias massively invaded the area.
In view of the ugly development, it’s hereby appealed that security arrangement be intensified so as to ensure adequate protection of lives and property of all, particularly volatile villages/communities.
Dalyop Solomon Mwantiri, Esq.,
Emancipation Centre for Crisis Victims in Nigeria-ECCVN