- No fewer than 300 people have reportedly been killed in Plateau state in the last four months
- Some communities in Plateau north senatorial district, under the auspices of BECO made this known on Thursday, September 13
- The group, however, called on the international community to come to their rescue
Some communities in Plateau north denatorial district, under the auspices of Berom Educational and Cultural Organization (BECO) have raised the alarm that they have lost nearly 300 people among which were mostly women and children within the last four months.
Vanguard reports that they on Thursday, September 13, pleaded for the intervention of the international community to end the incessant attacks in their communities, lamenting that the deaths were between June and September in Barkin-Ladi and Riyom local government areas.
In a statement by general secretary of (BECO) Da Davou Choji, president of BEWDA, Ngo Florence Jambol, and president of BYM Choji Chuwang, and issued in Jos, they said they need international intervention to save them from extinction.
The statement read: “The Berom Nation has lost confidence in the ability of government to defend the rights of its citizens in the communities under attack by herdsmen.
“So far, between June and September, more than 300 lives have been lost, 38,000 others displaced and property worth millions of naira destroyed with no tangible remedial action or programme in place by government at all level.
“The call has become necessary given the failure of federal government, security agencies and the state government to uphold the basic tenets of justice.”
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The statement also frowned at the sudden transfer of the then commander of Operation Safe Haven, major general anthony Atolagbe, under “very suspicious circumstances, having arrested 11 suspected killer herdsmen in connection with the massacre of June 24, where over 230 innocent lives were wasted.
“The lack of prosecution of arrested attackers is injustice as well as a high level of collaboration against the Berom and indeed, other victims by yet to be identified powers from above.”
The people called for “the reconstruction of destroyed villages, relief materials to IDPs camps and the guarantee of security in the affected areas, more so that the attacks have remained unabated and determined to penetrate the Jos city centre and environs.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the Plateau state police command arrested 21 people in connection with the killings and unrest in Plateau state.
The suspects were paraded on Monday, July 2, at the OPSH Headquarters in Jos by the media officer of the task force, Major Adam Umar and Police public relations officer Tyopev Terna.
Fourteen of the suspects were arrested at the scene of the violent protest that followed the Barkin Ladi's killings while 11 others were arrested in connection with the killings.
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