From Pwanagba Agabus, Jos
The Senator representing Plateau North, Istifanus Gyang on Wednesday said the killing of scores of people and destruction of property as a result of a midnight attack by suspected herdsmen at Yelwan Zangam community in Jos North Local Government Area of the Plateau State, clearly shows the state has been abandoned by the Federal Government.
Our Correspondent gathered that as at the time of filing this report, the death toll has risen from 35 to 42.
Gyang through his Special Assistant Media and Protocol, Musa Ashoms, said, “Night of Tuesday 24th August, 2021, terror was visited on Yelwan Zangam of Anaguta community in Jos North with over 35 persons killed, some of which were burnt beyond recognition.
Gyang said he is “gravely disturbed and outraged” by the serial and continuing terror attacks on communities in Plateau State with thousands of lives brutally massacred over the years and still continuing.
According to him, “The situation on the Plateau is that of a people abandoned to their fate by the Federal Government.
“No sympathy! No empathy! No attention nor relief to affected communities! No statement and outcry from ‘appropriate quarters’ on the latest massacre at Yelwan Zangam, Jos”, he decried.
Gyang maintained that he is against threats to live of every citizen and has repeatedly said, “NO citizen should be made to suffer or loose his/her life simply on the basis of ethnicity or religion.”
“It is therefore disheartening that Plateau people are targeted, isolated and deemed good only to be killed and massacred”, he lamented.
Gyang who is the Deputy Chairman Senate Committee on Defence, said, “I’m therefore calling on government to demonstrate sincerity in securing lives of all citizens, Plateau people inclusive, and take all necessary and decisive action to apprehend and prosecute the perpetrators and ensure that the lives and livelihoods of all law abiding citizens are protected”.
The Lawmaker commiserated with the families of the victims, and comfort the Anaguta nation and the state as a whole.