RESURGENCE OF KILLINGS IN PLATEAU COMMUNITIES ALARMING

RESURGENCE OF KILLINGS IN PLATEAU COMMUNITIES ALARMING

Aside killing of at least 8 people in Kuru Community of Jos South LGA on Plateau State on 9th April, 2021, the State has just witnessed another armed invasion at about 7:00pm of 15th April, 2021 suspected to have been masterminded by Fulani militias. As a result, 6 persons are confirmed dead while 2 survived with fatal injuries sustained and currently receiving medical care at Vom Christian Hospital.

Below is the list of those killed:-

  1. Chuwang Williams,29, 3. children
  2. Bulus Danbom, 41
  3. Peter Williams, 39 years with 3 children.
  4. Dung Gyang, 60
  5. Dachung Gara, 44 year with 5 children
  6. Davou Dachung, 45 years, 4 childrenp.

Injured are:-

  1. Davou Jatau
  2. Gyang Jatau

In an interview, Mr. Davou Jatau narrated that, “we just returned from mining site that is relatively far from Wereng, and so we decided to have a little rest before proceeding to our respective home. Unknown to us, armed Fulani were coming after us. Not long after the rest in a refreshment home, I heard sporadic gunshots at close range, everyone started running out for his or her dire life,,” he said. On trying to escape like any other person, “I was shot on my scrotum and immediately fall down pretending to had died in order not to be shot again….” until vigilante and other people went for their rescue.

The executed attack did not come as surprise because, based on a locally sourced information circulated on social media and text messages a day before that Fulani militias/herdsmen were spotted making advanced movement to attack Wereng Community, Wereng Camp as well as Tashek village of Jol Community and true to that, such rumour materialized into a full scale invasion on the same target place.

A pertinent question requiring answer is; what is the essence of intelligence information locally gathered and disseminated with no any proactive measures taken by both security agents and target communities? A call here is put to Government and its security agents to expedite action towards unraveling the perpetrators of this dastardly act of terrorism so that they can face the consequence of their action.

However, volatile communities are hereby admonished to intensify vigilance and take their security very fundamental since security is everyone’s business in view of inadequate manpower in terms of internal security of lives and property in Nigeria, particularly Plateau State. Thus, people shouldn’t fold their hands to be killed like Fowls, but must take advantage of the intelligence information and seek collaboration of available security agents through reporting any suspicious movement and intensify vigilance otherwise they could be overran by terror attackers whose aim is to maim lives, inflict bodily injuries and trauma in their target victims as well as meting out hunger on teeming populace.

Government should also rise up to its primary responsibility of protecting lives and property of all persons irrespective of ethno-religious affiliation otherwise private individuals should, by way of legislation, be allowed to bear arms for self-defense in this fastly degenerating country, where insecurity has saturated News Headlines thereby making news unappealing and life challenges unbearable for Crisis-made orphans and widows who are at the receiving end.

By:

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