Plateau killing culprits to face trial soon – Gov Lalong
From Austin Ajayi, Yola
Over 50 people have been killed in bloody attacks in several communities in Adamawa and Taraba States.
The attacks occurred in the border communities in the two states on Monday night.
Sources said some Fulani militias attacked Gojefa, Bujum Yashi, Bujum Waya, Sabonlayi and Bujum Kasuwa villages in Numan Local Government Area of Adamawa State.
They listed the communities invaded by the gunmen in Taraba State as Anguwan Bishop Yotti, Todung, Budon, Bunzum, and Bamga Dutse.
One of the survivors of the attacks, Galilee Ishaku, a resident of Sabon Layi, said: “The Fulani attacked us and they came when we were in the market because it was a market day. We were busy selling our goods when suddenly they entered our village and started shooting.
“We ran and crossed the river and they followed us and kept on shooting. They are still in our village and grazing on our farms.
“The people that were killed are about 13, but many of our villagers are still missing. It started as a rumour and we reported it to the appropriate authorities and it eventually happened. They came and attacked, killed and looted.
“People have stopped going to farm, this so-called food security is not a reality because of these attacks,” he lamented.
The member representing Numan in the Adamawa State House of Assembly, Hon. Sodomti Tayedi, in condemning the attacks, lamented that poverty and starvation loomed in the constituency as most of the residents could no longer go to their farms.
Tayedi said that hardly a week passes without an attack on her constituency by suspected Fulani militia.
The police and military authorities did not confirm the death toll.
The state government decried the attacks on agricultural communities by herdsmen, warning that such could lead to serious food crisis.
The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Ahmad Sajoh, who spoke in Numan and Demsa, expressed concern over the number of people fleeing their ancestral homes for fear of being killed.
He said that the government was working with security agencies to restore peace in the affected communities.
Sajoh added that government would provide assistance to victims of the recent attacks in Numan and Demsa.
*Culprits to face trial soon – Gov lalong
Meanwhile, Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has said that the relevant laws to try perpetrators of the recent killings in the state had been reviewed to ensure their speedy prosecution in the state.
Lalong stated this when he received former Head of State and the National Chairman of Nigeria Prays, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, who visited him at the Government House.
He said: “We’ve reviewed adequate laws to prosecute the offenders in Jos,” and commended Gowon for standing with the state as a father.
The governor said that efforts were being made to restore the state to its place of glory.
“We will ensure the enthronement of sustainable peace on the Plateau,” he added.
Gowon who was in Jos to commensurate with the people over the heinous crime decried the past practice where suspects arrested were taken to Abuja and eventually released.
He said that “people arrested should be investigated and prosecuted in Jos where the crime was committed.”
He condemned social media reports blaming President Buhari as unfortunate, stating that “the Buhari I know will not be involved, certainly no leader will encourage his people to be killed.”
*22,000 persons displaced in Plateau violence – Red Cross
Meanwhile, over 22,000 persons have been confirmed displaced in the recent violence in Barkin Ladi, Riyom and Jos South councils by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
The humanitarian organisation said that it would work with its Nigerian arm, the Nigerian Red Cross Society (NRCS) to provide emergency relief to the victims.
The Delegate in Charge of ICRC Programmes in Plateau, Lene Lene Groenkjaer, said that tens of thousands of people fled their homes after the most recent spike in armed violence in June 2018.
Groenkjaer added that hundreds had been killed and injured, while some areas were left in ruins.