Another armed invasion has engulfed 36 with many houses razed down by suspected Fulani Militias in Plateau community.
The incident preceded a reaction that led to a marmot crowd of thousands staged a peaceful procession to Plateau State House of Assembly, where the Speaker of the House calls for calmness as he condoled with the affected Community. The crowd further took to the street of Jos in a continued procession to Plateau State Government House at Little Rayfiel-Jos, where the corpses of the victims were laid down in front of the gates leading to the Government facility.
Emancipation Centre for Crisis Victims in Nigeria-ECCVN in an interview to ascertain the actual fact of the sad development that led to the street procession, an anonymous respondent who survives the onslaught recounts that, “no fewer than 36 native christians of Yelwa Zangam in Afizere Chiefdom of Jos North LGA, Plateau State were gruesomely murdered by armed group suspected to be Fulani militias at about 10:00pm of last night, 24th August, 2021, leaving many grievously injured while homes razed down.
According to the survivor, “the heavily armed men came on Motorcycles of 4 persons on each… only the slain and those shot that were evacuated to the mortuary, but the corpses of those burnt beyond recognition could not be taken.,'” it was gathered.
Another eyewitness’ account has it that the armed men first of all “destroyed an iron bridge linking the community before they invaded the people. This, it became difficult for security agents to speedily intervene in their rescue operation as the attackers fled back before the arrival of the security operatives to the scene.
At the Government House Little, Rayfiel-Jos, where 15 corpses were lined up at the gate, some of the protestors expressed their sadness overt the continued killings in the State, accusing the Government and other authorities concerned for conspiracy of silence since no statement has been so far made concerning the tragic incident as at the time of the procession. According to one of them, “when it happened at Rukuba road in the recent past, security agents gathered their arsenal within some minutes and swung into action effecting some arrest, but in the case of Yelwa Zangam, no such similar response with agility was ever made to get the attackers arrested..” thereby affirming the agitation that the security operatives were not much alive in their responsibility.
Another respondent calls for compensation on each live lost since similar demand was made over the Rukuba road killings.
In a bid to forestall violent reactions that may snowball into a total breakdown of law and order, Plateau State Government reimpose 24 hours curfew in Jos North Local Government Area while the one subsiting in Jos South and Bassa LGAs continues.
Dalyop Solomon Mwantiri, Esq.,
Emancipation Centre for Crisis Victims in Nigeria-ECCVN.