A group of concerned indigenes from communities in Bokkos Local Government Area of Plateau State has cried out to the Federal Government and security agencies to come to their rescue over the killings by Fulani herdsmen in the area.
The group which made its position known while addressing newsmen in Jos, the Plateau State capital, stated that they have been victims of incessant attacks by Fulani herdsmen with massive loss of lives and property.
They informed that as they spoke, two of their people were still missing following yet another attack recently by the same herdsmen and that the people are scared to go into the bush to look for them.
According to the spokesman of the group, Rev Danladi Adams, –
“While normalcy and relative peace were thought to have returned to the community, these unrepentant attackers attacked other settlements mainly Wuda Gudun, Shilin, Morok, Fobuk, Mandu, Fobuk, Fara, Sila, Foto, Worin, and Ganda.
This started on the night of 7th March, 2018. Their victims were five helpless women and a child.”
Rev Danladi disclosed that the communities have recovered over 25 corpses, and that over 2,000 of his people are displaced while over 5,000 have fled.
He expressed regret that the killers of the paramount rulers of Bokkos Dar Saf Lazarus Agai and the district head of Monguna, Saf Monday Adaji, in 2016 are yet to be apprehended.
Rev Danladi pointed out that such attacks by the suspected herdsmen have lead to the complete takeover of the affected area as is the case in some communities stressing that the situation should not be allowed to occur again.
He said ;
“…the farming season is approaching and the people have been displaced and they have not made the farms.
Their crops have been looted by these attackers. Right now, I receive calls from a lot of people from Bokkos Local Government asking us to send bags of garri and sugar because people are starving.”
Rev Danladi therefore called on the African Union, the United Nations, the Human Rights Watch and other organizations to come to their aid.
He also called on security agencies to fish out all the culprits and bring them to face the law.