Appeal for humanitarian aid to Transition Committee Chairman of Riyom LGA
The Transition Committee Chairman,
PASSIONATE APPEAL FOR HUMANITARIAN AID AND STATIONING OF SECURITY PERSONNEL AT TUMBORONG COMMUNITY, GANAWURI OF RIYOM LGA, PLATEAU STATE
It is within public knowledge that a terror invasion was unleashed on Irigwe native inhabitants of Tumborong community of Ganawuri District, Riyom Local Government Area of Plateau State by suspected armed Fulani herdsmen in broad daylight of June 17th, 2019 at about 12;00 noon or thereabout. As a result, 4 persons alongside one security agent were gruesomely murdered, one person gravely injured, at least 50 houses including two Churches (ECWA and Roman Catholic Church) completely razed down, valuables worth millions of Naira completely set ablaze, and some domestic animals carted away by the militia marauders who are said to have numbered in hundreds sophisticatedly armed with assorted modern weapons.
The fierce attack, which lasted for about 4 hours unabatedly, also led to displacement of 103 households with population of 631 people (children-417, women-127 and men-89) who have not yet received a considerable/reasonable humanitarian intervention but no psycho-social support of any form as at 19th day of June, 2019, thereby subjecting them into a serious depressive state, starvation and more traumatic situation at this time that the affected community needs urgent attention and intervention.
It has been equally gathered that, having been placed in a most disadvantaged state of live thereby making the community very vulnerable of more attacks in view of the fact that only few locals are on ground without any presence of security station therein. This is very alarming with high degree of porosity, which invariably instills perpetual fear of another invasion at will of the merciless attackers as expressed by Mr. John Giwa (Tumborong’s Youth Leader) during on-spot assessment and situation analysis visit to the scene of the incident by Emancipation Centre for Crisis Victims in Nigeria (ECCVN) on 19th day of June, 2019.
In view of the aforementioned plight and predicaments of the affected community knowing well of your previous interventions timeously staged in relation to distressed situations as this, it is passionately solicited for and on behalf of the locals as follow:
1. Deployment of security agents thereto as panacea to forestall further invasion of the community. This will greatly encourage the locals who have fled to return and continue with their farming activities;
2. Provision of relief materials, especially foodstuff, fertilizer and roofing materials which will go a long way to cushion the pathetic man-made hunger and sheltered challenges arising from the attack;
3. Psycho-social support and trauma counseling for the affected victims;
4. A Panel of Inquiry be constituted to ascertain not only the perpetrators and their location, but also the immediate and remote cause of the terror attack so that appropriate action(s) could be taken; and
5. Any other intervention/measure that is deemed necessary in the circumstance.
Finally, ECCVN passionately appeal to your good offices which have been known for immediate response and interventions in situations of this nature to step-up action as statutorily obligated and morally required, believing herein that this request will be accorded necessary attention in relation to the pressing needs of the community.
Attached hereto are a few pictures of the effect of the tragic incident for further information
Dalyop Solomon Mwantiri, Esq.
Coordinator of Emancipation Centre for Crisis Victims in Nigeria
1. The Distinguished Senator representing Plateau-North,
National Assembly, Abuja.
2. Hon. Member representing Riyom & B/Ladi Fed. Constituency,
National Asdembly, Abuja.
3. Hon. Member representing Riyom LGA,
Plateau State House of Assembly.
4. Permanent Secretary on Security,
Plateau State Government
5. President of Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA)