Following the alert of ongoing attacks on villages of Fan District Barkin Ladi LGA of Plateau State last night, by Fulani Militias alongside suspected Bandits, it has been confirmed that coordinated invasions and ambushes engulfed three (3) persons, namely, Fom Gyang, 40, and Job Choji, 45 of Nding Loh of Fand District, and Iliya Choji, 35, of Zat village in Bet of Ropp District, all of Barkin Ladi LGA at about 8:38pm of last night, 30th July, 2023.

According to local source under the condition ofanonymity at the funeral of the two killed at Nding, said, “it was at about 8:30pm of last night that we heard sporadic gunfire from gunmen suspected to be Fulani Militias with Bandits sect, who had spread themselves at various locations including Zat of Bet, a neighborhood of Fan Loh were simultaneously attacked the same time, leaving two dead here and one at Zat. This took place before the arrival of security agents, who responded speedily.

It’s observed that, the recent change in the security formations in the country has reduced mass scale of attacks in Plateau State and its environs, but more need to be done since there still remains cases of coordinated attacks and alarming destruction of farmlands in Barkin Ladi, Bokkos and Riyom as well as part of Mangu LGAs. This therefore, behoves on Security agents to redouble their efforts so as to deradicalize and also dislodge terrorist elements in the State.

There’s also a clarion call on Government at all levels, international and local bodies as well as spirited individuals for urgent food relief and other psychosocial support for both direct and indirect victims of attacks and farmlands destructions who are largely left to their fate.

Also of utmost importance is the need for Local security outfits synergizing with Federal and State security to restraregize on getting the bad elements arrested for investigation and, where necessary, prosecuted accordingly. This would serve as deterrence to those with such proclivity.

By Dalyop Solomon Mwantiri, Esq.
Emancipation Centre for Crisis Victims in Nigeria-ECCV