Persistency of isolated killings in Plateau natives communities pervades Danbukur village of Butura Ward in Bokkos LGA, Plateau State on 21st June, 2020 by armed men suspected to be Fulani militias.
The attack claimed the life of Mr. Mankat Calvin aged 35 at his duty post during vigilance.
According to an anonymous eye-witness who was on duty with the victim, as sourced by ECCVN, said, “it was exactly 9:49pm when the killers, suspected to be Fulani opened rapid gunfire on us which I luckily escaped by taking cover on a Varenda otherwise I might have been gun down, but my colleague, Mr. Mankat Calvin was shot dead..”
The deceased’s father, Mr. Calvin M. Shikse expressed his shock over the untimely demise of his son at prime age of both reproductive and productive stage of his youthful life, but now vanished into the arms of death occasioned by enemies of humanity who have succeeded in making a young woman, Mrs. Damaris Mankat and a 3 year old child, Pokyes Mankat, widow and orphan respectively. In a further response, he said, “my son was a peace loving person. He had no problem or rift with anyone that could had triggered this on him…”
The unwarranted attack has made natives of Danbukur in a deep state of fear of insecurity as the area remains without the presence of security agents as at the time of filing this report.
The corps has been buried, leaving the family in traumatic disposition requiring psycho-social support to be able to cope up with the tragic development meted out.
In view of the state of increasing insecurity ravaging lives and properties in Plateau, Government at all levels is hereby urged to deploy security agents in all the front-line communities, especially Danbukur village that had experienced similar incidences in previous times.
In addition, Government is also appealed to cursorily consider the capacity building of local vigilante and State Policing by provision of arms under the supervision and monitoring of Nigerian Police Force so that protection of lives could be guaranteed as statutorily provided. This, if put to consideration, will enable vulnerable communities and villages have the necessary capacity to contend with voracious blood- thirsty elements that have continually made live very brutish and unappealing.
As security is everyone’s business, vigilante groups and other related bodies as well as every individual should intensify environmental surveillance and immediately report to appropriate authorities any suspicious movement, for a stitch in time saves nine.
Dalyop Solomon Mwantiri, Esq.
Emancipation Centre for Crisis Victims in Nigeria-ECCVN