Buhari Warns Over Fresh Vi­o­lence in Plateau

Sunday Trust - - FRONT PAGE - From By Isi­aka Wak­ili, Abuja & Lami Sadiq, Jos

Sus­pected gun­men on Fri­day evening made an at­tempt to raid an­other vil­lage close to Ncha in Miango district of Bassa Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area, Plateau State, where 20 per­sons were ear­lier killed. Ear­lier, two at­tacks in Miango district of Bassa Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of Plateau State left 20 per­sons dead, 19 of them mem­bers of an ex­tended fam­ily, Daily Trust on Sun­day gath­ered.

The at­tacks oc­curred around 9pm of Thurs­day and 12:45am Fri­day, leav­ing about eight per­sons in­jured.

Daily Trust on Sun­day gath­ered yes­ter­day that gun­men whom the po­lice say are sus­pected herders were also on a mis­sion to avenge the killing and be­head­ing of a Fu­lani boy last week. How­ever, they were re­pelled by se­cu­rity agents be­fore they got into Hukke vil­lage.

Chair­man of the Miango De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion, Irigwe Chief­dom in Bassa, David Chinge, told our cor­re­spon­dent that the gun­men had ex­changed fire with se­cu­rity agents and in the process a young boy from the com­mu­nity had been shot in the leg.

He said, “there is a river be­tween the vil­lage and some farm­lands so the gun­men at­tempted to cross the river but they were re­pealed by the po­lice. They also de­stroyed some crops in the area.”

The state Po­lice Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer, ASP Ty­opev Terna, con­firmed that sus­pected as­sailants had at­tempted to raid an­other com­mu­nity in the Miango area, but were re­pelled by men of the po­lice force.

Mean­while, Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari yes­ter­day warned against vi­o­lence.

The pres­i­dent ex­pressed sad­ness over the sense­less killing of per­sons, es­pe­cially women and chil­dren in a night at­tack on An­cha vil­lage in Bassa Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of Plateau State.

Buhari, in a state­ment by his Se­nior Spe­cial As­sis­tant on Me­dia and Pub­lic­ity, Malam Garba Shehu, ex­pressed dis­ap­point­ment at the dis­rup­tion of peace and nor­malcy that have rea­son­ably taken root in the state.

The pres­i­dent urged stake­hold­ers in the state not to al­low this vi­o­lent in­ci­dent to de­stroy the progress made so far.

He re­it­er­ated his ad­min­is­tra­tion’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to pro­tect the lives and prop­erty of all cit­i­zens wher­ever they re­side.

He di­rected law en­force­ment agen­cies to ap­pre­hend the per­pe­tra­tors of the Plateau killings and who­ever their spon­sors might be.

Buhari said: “It is un­law­ful of any­one or group to take the laws into their hands in the name of re­venge or reprisals, rather than fol­low due process by al­low­ing law en­force­ment agen­cies to fish out any such ag­gres­sors who will be made to face jus­tice.

“The var­i­ous com­mu­ni­ties in the state have taken many steps, with the sup­port of se­cu­rity agen­cies and me­di­a­tors to pull the state back from the brink of an­ar­chy and sense­less killings war­ranted by at­tacks and counter-at­tacks.

“It will be a painful loss to al­low these un­savoury acts to re­turn. I urge all our com­mu­ni­ties in the state and the other parts of the coun­try to em­brace peace and bring to a stop these painful and un­nec­es­sary killings.”

Pres­i­dent Buhari prayed God to grant peace to the souls of the vic­tims and com­fort the grieving fam­i­lies and com­mu­nity.

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