Plateau State youths yesterday, Tuesday, October 17, wrote President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene without further delay and put an end to the gruesome killing of innocent natives by Fulani herdsmen.
In the open letter the youths pressure group under the aegis of Plateau Youth G-17 Peace and Progressive Forum, claimed that over 100 innocent people had been killed, dozens injured, houses razed and property looted in Miango in the Irigwe Chiefdom of Bassa Local Government Area of the state.
Dachung Bagos, the convener of the group therefore urged the President to do anything within his powers to stop the ongoing bloodshed allegedly from his kinsmen.
He stated as follows –
“As the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces doubling as the Chief Security Officer of the nation, we call on you to intervene and give the needed attention to the genocide ongoing in Plateau State.
There has been breach of security and outbreak of violence in Bassa, Jos North, Barkin Ladi, Riyom and Bokkos LGAs where people are constantly attacked, harassed, killed, raped, their villages sacked and taken over by the attackers.
Last year, a respected paramount ruler and the Saf Ron Kulere, Da Lazarus Agai, was killed in his hometown in Bokkos Local Government. There has been a series of attacks in which many people including three traditional rulers were killed.
In Bassa Local Government, Miango in the Irigwe Chiefdom to be précise, over 100 people have so far been killed in cold blood, dozens seriously injured, houses razed and property of the people looted. This led to the imposition of dusk-to-dawn curfew by the Plateau State Government with the hope that the decision will address the violent situation in the affected community but the killings are still going on.
Ta’agbe village in Miango was attacked in which six people were killed in the night of Saturday, October 14, 2017 while 29 persons were killed and many injured in Nkiedonwhro, Irigwe Chiefdom of Bassa LGA of Plateau State. Even as we are writing this, attacks are ongoing in some villages.
In Barkin Ladi, three persons including a former Head of Service to the Plateau State Government, a woman and a military man were killed last week in Wereh village, Ropp District of Barkin Ladi LGA, Plateau State. People are constantly being harassed and attacked by gunmen despite the presence of military personnel in the villages. If the attackers can kill a military personnel, how safe are the innocent and harmless people?”
He added that in Riyom Local Government Area, villages such as Jol, Rim, Hoss, Shonong, Sharabutu were under siege and the people could no longer go about their normal business.
Finally, the youth leader appealed to President Buhari to do all within his powers to ensure that his kinsmen, the Fulani herdsmen, stop the gruesome killing of innocent natives most of whom are women and children.