Security operatives have banned the movement of cattle and herdsmen after 7PM in Riyom, Barkin Ladi, Mangu and Jos South Local Government Areas of Plateau State.
The Commander of Operation Safe Haven, Major General Tagbo Ude, made the announcement during a town hall meeting between community leaders, village heads and Ardos of the affected communities as part of efforts to maintain law and order in the areas.
Top of the agenda at the meeting was the return of internally displaced persons ousted from both the Berom and Fulani settlements.
They also looked into the issue of maintaining peace and having an understanding between the cattle rearers and farmers especially during the rainy season.
During the interactive session some community leaders expressed concerns on issues of internally displaced persons returning to their homes, in spite of the assurances that it was safe for them return to commence.
Major-General Ude again allayed their fears on the destruction of newly built houses of returning displaced persons. He maintained that security operatives would be available to protect such structures.
He went ahead to read the riot act to perpetrators of such crimes, insisting that the security agencies would not condone any excesses.
The banning of night grazing was one of the agreements reached at the town hall meeting. Participants expressed hope that all concerned would adhere to the decisions taken and embrace peace for the sake of development.
No fewer than 18 persons were killed in an attack on Wednesday morning by yet to be identified marauders in Kadunu village of Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State.
A statement by the Director of Press and Public Affairs, Emmanuel Nanle, said the attack emanated from bordering communities of Kadunu in Mangu Local Government Area and Fan in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of the state.
The statement added that “it is regrettable that as efforts are being made by the government to see the end of violent conflicts in Barkin Ladi, Riyom and parts of Jos South Local Government Areas, the state is faced with another communal clash.
The National Secretary of Piem Chiefdom Development Association, Usman Yakubu Idi, told Channels Television that that the dead persons have been buried so far, adding that others are still missing and over 150 houses were destroyed during the raid.
The Special Task Force Spokesman, Capt. Iweha Ikedichi, also confirmed the attack and described it as a possible reprisal following an earlier attack on another community bordering the Kadunu Community, maintaining that the attack is “selective in nature”.
No arrest has been made so far but Capt. Ikedichi said that security personnel are on the trail of the suspects.
Some indigenes of Plateau State in Abuja have called on the Federal and State Governments to take practical steps to end alleged senseless killings in the state that has escalated in the last three months.
The group, who had a night candle procession in Abuja to mourn their dead loved ones, further alleged that since May this year, an average of 10 people are killed daily, especially in Barkin Ladi, Riyom and Bokkos Local Government Areas of the State.
They called on President Muhamadu Buhari to prevail on the security and other relevant agencies to restore peace to the villages as well as provide succor to survivors of the attacks
The group further alleged that since 2010, when over 500 people were killed in an onslaught in Dogonahawa Village, the condition has worsen as gunmen attack villages at random killing and destroying villagers’ means of livelihoods.
The group called on the government to address the situation and stop the killings.
13 people are reported to have been killed after gunmen, suspected to be Fulani herdsmen, attacked lwa, Dum, Rachit and Dyang villages of Bachit district in Riyom Local Government Area of Plateau State.
Spokesman for the Special Task Force, Captain. Ikedichi Iweha, who confirmed the attack, said soldiers were still conducting a mop-up operation.
Captain Iweha adds that the Task Force has apprehended 82 suspects mostly of Cameroon, Nigeria and Chad within Rikkos community in Jos north Local Government Area of Plateau State.
No fewer than 34 people including two security operatives have been killed and scores seriously injured following fresh attacks by suspected gunmen on Zangang Attakar village in Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State and Ganawri community of Riyom Local Council in Plateau State.
Eyewitnesses said that the gunmen invaded the two border communities located on top of a hill at about 6pm on Monday, shooting people and burning down houses.
Kaura Local Government in particular has faced several attacks in the past two years.
A retired military officer, who is an indigene of Kaura, told Channels Television correspondent that the two security operatives were killed during a shootout with the hoodlums
Although police authorities in both states are yet to give details of the casualties, the Chairman of Kaura Local Government Area, Mr Kumai Bodu told journalists that most of the casualties were Attakar indigenes living in Riyom in Plateau State.
In the meantime, soldiers have been drafted to the villages to restore normalcy, while the injured ones have been taken to a hospital in Kafanchan, in Kaduna State, for treatment.
The Joint Task Force (JTF) led by the Commander of Special Task Force, Operation Safe Haven, Major General Henry Ayoola has embarked on a sensitisation tour in the Plateau in a bid to promote peace among warring factions and to proffer long lasting solution to the security challenge in the area.
While addressing community leaders, Major General Ayoola pointed out that the time has come to find lasting solution to the security challenge in the state and stated that everybody should be involved in the peace building process.
He called on all warring factions in the Plateau crises to put behind them all forms of acrimony and bitterness by forgiving one another and embrace peace, tolerance and peaceful coexistence as well as have mutual respect for one another.
During the sensitisation tour of affected Local Government Areas, Riyom, Barkin Ladi, Jos South and Jos North, Major General Ayoola urged everyone to make a decision of embracing peace by forgetting the past and look ahead to a brighter and peaceful future in order to restore plateau state back to its former glory.
The Gbong Gwom Jos, Jacob Gyang Buba in turn cautioned members of the task force to engage the rule of engagement by exhibiting professionalism in their conduct and remain neutral in the cause of maintaining law and order.
Plateau State Government also stated its commitment to collaborate with the task force and any other agencies in finding lasting solution to the incessant attacks in some communities across the state with assurance that peaceful coexistence in the state is not negotiable.
The special task force is also offering free medical services, provision of portable water by sinking boreholes in the affected areas as well as providing order social amenities in order to promote peace in the state.
Residents of Kuru in Jos South local government area of Plateau state, North Central Nigeria went to the streets in protest of an attack on their community, which resulted in the death of one person and the injury of another by unknown gunmen.
The angry youths said they were out to express their anger over the killing a member of their community in an attack on Sunday night that left another person injured.
The protesters blocked the highway that linked the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru before members of the Special Task Force (STF) intervened to prevent further breakdown of law and order within the area.
Residents say the incessant attacks in villages around Barkin Ladi, Riyom and lately Jos South local government areas need to be addressed by the STF as the attackers are becoming frequent with the same professional accuracy and commando type of killings and escaping while no one is apprehended. They suggested that efforts should be made to curtail further occurrence in order to restore public confidence in security operatives.
In the video below, the father of the deceased, Clement Dagwat and the Media Coordinator of the STF narrate how the attackers invade the community.
Plateau State Police Command today made arrests in connection with disturbances in Barkin Ladi and Riyom Local Government areas, as hostilities in the villages between natives and Fulani herdsmen resumed in Riyom.
The arrests were made Thursday morning as irate youths filed out to protest killings of their kinsmen in the communities thereby disrupting commercial activities on the highway.
Plateau State Police Commissioner, Dipo Ayeni, told Channels Television that security has been reinforced in the affected communities while some suspects have been transferred to the Police Headquarters in Jos for investigation and subsequent prosecution.
The police boss condemned the various attacks and reprisals which have punctuated the relative peace enjoyed recently in the past few months and urge all warring factions to return to the negotiating table to present their views instead of resorting to mayhem.
Prior to the security intervention on Thursday, a group of protesting young men barricaded the highway disrupting commercial activities and molesting travellers.
Chairman, Barkin Ladi Local Government Area, Emmanuel Loman, confirmed the reinforcement of security personnel to the area adding that the local government authority is making concerted efforts to reach out to warring factions, particularly the youths with the aim of addressing the issue that led to the skirmishes and renewed hostilities.
Another round of mayhem was recorded early Wednesday in Riyom Local Government Area of Plateau state, north central Nigeria, as 14 people were brutally murdered by suspected herdsmen.
Channels Television gather that the assailants in large numbers, armed with dangerous weapons, raided three villages in the early hours of Wednesday while the villagers were still asleep, killing and destroying their houses as well other valuables.
The Wednesday’s attack is reportedly coming after an incident on Tuesday in which three people were killed in neighbouring Barkin Ladi Local Government Area.
According to the House of Representatives member, who is representing Barkin Ladi/Riyom federal constituency, Mr Simon Mwadkom, four members of a family were shot at close range in Dallyam village, in Tahoss district and several others were injured as the bandits vanished.
While the attack was on, another set of terrorists killed eight people in Ranghol in Sopp ward of the local government with another two persons murdered in Lotton village in Jol ward of the same local government area.
Hoourable Mwadkom accused Fulani herdsmen for the attacks, which he claimed were organised and well executed simultaneously in the three affected villages.
This fresh attack is coming at a time when it was assumed that peace has returned to the troubled Barkin Ladi/Riyom communities which has in the past recorded diverse attacks and killings.
The Plateau State Police command in reaction to the incident through the Public Relations Officer, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Emmanuel Abuh, however confirmed that only six people were killed in the attack.
Operation Safe Haven, the Special Task Force that is overseeing internal operation of peace keeping in Plateau State, has assured residents of villages where several people were killed recently by suspected herdsmen of adequate security with continuous patrol of the areas by the military. The Commander of the Task Force, Major General Henry Ayoola while reassuring members of the community of Bachit in Riyom local government area said the task force is determined to chase out attackers from the areas as directed by the federal government.
The Plateau State governor, Jonah Jang in his address to the residents urge youths from the areas to remain vigilant by cooperating and complementing security agents efforts of securing their areas through organised vigilante groups.
Since the death of Senator Gyang Dantong, representing Plateau North senatorial district in the National Assembly and the Majority leader in State House of Assembly, Gyang James Fulani, who were killed at a mass burial ceremony in Riyom local government area, there have been tension and agitation among the youths of the area until the visit by Mr Jang to commiserate with the communities and calm down the aggrieved youths not to take laws into their hands.
Mr Jang speaking in Hausa urged the residents particularly the youths to change their ways and be more committed to serving God rather than indulging in vices that are detrimental to their bodies and souls.
Responding to the issues of security and attackers hiding on the mountains surrounding the attack villagers, General Ayoola assured residents of adequate security within the areas with the military operation still in progress.
“You can be very sure that there are no foreign people hiding in any rock or cave,” he said.
The army General said he personally joined his men to search the entire vicinity and based on his observation he said “I can tell you categorically with all assurance that there’s no foreign element hiding anywhere in your community.”
Riyom local government authority as part of its contributions to maintaining law and order within the local government has put some measures in place to compliment government efforts through sensitisation and training of youths on security tips.
The Senate President, Senator David Mark has condemned the killings in some villages of Barkin Ladi and Riyom local government areas of Plateau state, over the weekend as he paid a visit to the troubled state on Monday.
Amongst those killed in the savage killings that claimed over 100 lives were serving Senator, Senator Gyang Dantong and the Majority Leader of the Plateau State House of Assembly, Gyang Fulani.
Describing their death as avoidable and the supreme price for peace Senator David mark commiserated with the state’s governor, Mr Jonah Jang and people of the state.
The Senate President expressed shock on the incessant attacks and he appealed to the perpetrators to embrace dialogue as violence cannot solve any issue no matter the grievances, he stated.
Referring to the persistent targeted killings in the state in the last two years, the state governor noted that the state has been under siege for over two years.
The governor blamed the attacks on the influx of foreigners into the state and he renewed his call to security operatives to intervene on the activities of those he called terrorists, who are in the state are determined to cause instability in the state and the northern part of the country.
The Senate President in company of other Senators and members of the House of Representatives visited the state to commiserate with the government and people of plateau state urging them to be prayerful and see the death of the parliamentarians as the supreme price for peace.
The state government as a means of avoiding reprisal attacks and the breakdown of law and order in the state has imposed a dusk to dawn curfew starting from 6PM every evening to 12 noon till further notice.