Killings: US condoles Plateau, asks FG to end menace

July 10th, 2018

*Scores killed in fresh Adamawa, Taraba attacks

The United States government (US) has commiserated with the people and government of Plateau State over the recent killing of hundreds of people by suspected herdsmen in 52 villages spread across four local government areas in the state.

The Donald Trump administration appealed to the federal and state governments to immediately swing into action to end the menace.

In a statement by Mr. David Young, Deputy Chief of Mission in the US Embassy in Nigeria on Monday, Washington condoled with the people of Plateau state over the killings.

Young, extended his country’s condolence in Jos, the state capital, when he visited Governor Simon Lalong, urging Nigerians to embrace peace and promote unity in the country.

The envoy stressed the need for the people to “speak peace and seek ways” to ensure the realisation of peaceful coexistence among them.

He reminded tham that life was sacred, irrespective of who and where the citizens might belong to.

Young said: “Life is sacred, whether herdsmen or farmers, Christian or Muslim or whatever ethnic. The violence should be a major concern to both the federal and state governments and must be addressed adequately.

“There is the need to put more efforts toward ending this menace in the country’’.

He stressed the need for the promotion of inter-faith and inter-ethnic dialogues to address causes of violence in the country.

He, however, urged the government to apprehend criminals perpetrating the act across the country.

The governor promised that the state government would continue to work to ensure that Plateau remains the home of peace and tourism.

*Scores killed in fresh Adamawa, Taraba attacks

Meanwhile, scores of people were feared killed by suspected herdsmen who struck in communities in Adamawa and Taraba states.

The deadly attacks, according to agency reports, occurred on five communities in Numan and Demsa Local Government Areas of Adamawa State.

The attackers also invaded Lau Local Government Area of the neighbouring Taraba State, where they destroyed property worth millions of naira.

Residents said that their communities were invaded by gunmen on motorcycles, shooting sporadically into the air.

A member representing Numan in the Adamawa State House of Assembly, Hon. Sodom Tayedi, said that the attacks started at 4pm on Sunday and lasted late into the night.

Tayedi claimed that most residents were caught unawares because it was a market day in one of the affected communities.

*38,000 IDPs in 31 camps in Plateau – SEMA

Also yesterday, the Plateau State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) said that 38,051 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) were taking refuge in 31 camps in the state following the recent violence.

SEMA Director of Search and Rescue, Julie Bala, stated this in Mangu on Monday.

She said that the IDPs were victims of the June 23 and 24, 2018 violence involving suspected herdsmen and villagers in Barkin Ladi, Riyom, Mangu, Bokkos and Jos South councils.

Bala said 11 camps had been set up for the 16, 885 IDPs in Barkin Ladi , adding that, “in Jos South Local Government Area we have a total of 9, 661 IDPs in Geo-Science Camps A and B, while in Riyom and Bokkos councils, we have 2, 772 persons in four camps and 2, 086 persons in six camps respectively,’’ she said.

The SEMA official added that 6, 653 persons are taking refuge in eight different camps including host communities in Mangu local government.

According to her, each of the five councils has a “host community’’ camp.

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