Plateau community of Chugwi in Vwang District of Jos South LGA has been stormed by marmot crowd over the armed invasion that engulfed 3 children, 1 teenager and 3 adults at about 8:00pm of 31st July, 2022.
According to eyewitness account who pleaded anonymity, ” we got an intelligence that the Fulani herdsmen living within our area will attack us tonight. That made us close economic activities due to the Fulani vacating before the gory development…” he said. The source further states that, “while we were planning for vigilance, a young man who was returning to neighbouring villages miraculously escaped when he coincided with the armed militia. Before he could call us, he heard heavy gunfire which claimed the following persons:-
- Pam Gyang Davou, aged 59
- Mrs. Nvou Pam Gyang, aged 43
- Mr. Jah Dung Pam, aged 50.
- Miss Rita Gyang Bot, aged 16
- Miss mercy James Gyang, aged 12.
- Benjamin Pam Gyang, aged 5.
- Chundung Pam Gyang, female, aged 9, while those injured are,
- Lyop John Dung female 40 years
- David Pam Gyang male 4 months.
During on the spot assessment by Emancipation Centre for Crisis Victims in Nigeria-ECCVN to the scene, there was heavy presence of security agents as well as political actors including Dr. Nentawe, Hon. Gideon Dandereng, Hon. Dachung Musa Bagos, Barr. Gyang Zi among others who condoled the mourners at the mass burial conducted today according to Christian rite while the amputated 4 months baby and the other injured are presently receiving medical attention in Vom Christian Hospital.
The incident is one of many in Plateau State particularly, Irigwe ethnic extraction in Bassa and recent attack that resulted to the dead of 5 natives of Afizere in Jos East LGAs which the militia have continued to unleash with little or no intervention by appropriate authorities that be.
In view of the tragic development that triggered reactions from mourners, there’s a clarion call on Government and security agents to, as a matter of urgency, double up effort to have the perpetrators who have fled to Ganawuri axis arrested and brought to book. In addition, there should be victims intervention initiative speedily staged to ameliorate the plight of affected persons.
Dalyop Solomon Mwantiri, Esq.
Emancipation Centre for Crisis Victims in Nigeria-ECCVN