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Buhari Vows To Tackle Herdsmen, Farmers Killings |The Republican News

 

• Commissions abandoned flyover  bridge in Jos

Gyang Bere, Jos

President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians that he will address the perennial violence between farmers and herdsmen which has claimed several lives in the country.

He described as gory and inhuman,  the killing of innocent people in Benue, Taraba and Zamfara States where many people were displaced and communities destroyed.

Buhari disclosed this yesterday,  during a town hall meeting and the launch of the Plateau State Road Map to Peace, which held at the New Government House, Rayfield,  Jos. It was part of his two-day working visit to the state.

He said: “I’m concerned about the insecurity in the country which was why when I came on board in 2015, I visited Chad, Niger and other neighbouring countries to ensure mutual working relationship. What happened in Benue is quite regrettable; we are working towards addressing insecurity in the country.”

“The damage which has been done in this country, only God will judge. I will continue to follow due process and observe human rights in the recovery of looted funds.”

He said he would look into public outcry on the marginalisation of women in the country as well as tackle unemployment which has constituted a set back among youths.

Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, on his part appealed to the president to tackle the conflict between farmers and herdsmen,  which has consumed several lives in the country, with seriousness.

He lamented that scores of innocent lives were lost recently in Benue, Taraba, Adamawa and Plateau States, where several families were rendered homeless and communities destroyed.

“I want to appeal that the increasing cases of violence between Fulani and farmers in the country need to be taken with all sense of seriousness, because of the number of lives that have perished. We are happy that you made the vice president to head the committee on the conflict between farmers and herdsmen and we are seeing positive results.”

As a result of the clash in Benue State, Quanpan Local Government Area, Lalong disclosed that the state is hosting over 4,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

He described the condition of the IDPs, made up of children, women and the aged,  as pathetic and sought the intervention of the Federal Government in settling the displaced families to their respective communities.

Lalong, while commending  President Buhari’s concept of fighting corruption, which has attracted international recognition, said Plateau is following his footstep in this regard.

He revealed that the state was working in collaboration with EFCC to prosecute past government officials who have been indicted for corruption.

The governor said the state had committed N20 billion to the construction of federal roads in the state, saying only N2 billion has been released as reimbursement.

He appealed to the president to order for the quick release of such funds for adequate intervention on most roads that have turned death traps.

Lalong urged the president to award the contract for the dualisation of Abuja/Jos road. He said many souls have perished as a result of the incessant crash due to the dilapidated nature of the road.

He said his administration inherited a debt profile of N250 billion from the past administration, six months salary arrears of civil servants and 13 months pension arrears which have been cleared and the state is up-to-date in payment of salaries.

Meanwhile, the president had commissioned a flyover bridge at the Secretariat Roundabout in Jos South Local Government Area amid tight security.

Daily Sun observed that there was a combined security operative at Mararaban Jama’a and at the flyover bridge. He expressed delight over the project and encouraged the governor to continue with infrastructure development.

Lalong, while welcoming the president to the ceremony, recalled that the bridge was abandoned at 30 percent completion and was inherited by the rescue administration and completed to ease movement of people into the state capital.

He expressed joy that the project was being commissioned by President Muhammadu Buhari, whom he said had encouraged governors to continue with abandoned projects as enshrined in the manifesto of the All Progressives Congress.  (The Sun)

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Plateau: Suspected Fulani Herdsmen Kill Seven |The Republican News

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File Photo: Fulani herdsmen

Gyang Bere, Jos

No fewer than seven persons were ambushed and killed on Wednesday night by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Bokkos and and Bassa Local Government Areas of Plateau State.

Daily Sun gathered that the herdsmen launched a midnight attacked at Josho village of Daffo Chiefdom of Bokkos Local Government Area, where four persons were killed while 10 others sustained fatal injuries.

It was learnt that several houses were also set ablaze with foodstuffs and properties worth million of naira by the suspected fleeing herdsmen.

Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO) ASP Tyopev Matthias Terna confirmed that three persons were killed in Bokkos Local Government Area on Wednesday night by suspected gunmen.

He added that three persons were ambushed and killed also on Monday night by suspected herdsmen in Bassa Local Government Area while one Samson Sunday who escaped the attacked was inflicted with gun shots injuries.

He said troops have been  redeployed to the trouble spots to calm the affected community while investigation has commenced to unravel those behind the fresh killings.

ASP Terna said security meeting is ongoing with community leaders and traditional rulers to prevent the escalation of the gory killings across the state.

He called on residents of Plateau state to go about the lawful activities and report any suspicious movement in their respective communities to security agencies for prompt action.  (The Sun)

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27 Plateau Victims Given Mass Burial After Latest Attack By Fulani Herdsmen |RN


• President condemns incident, orders security forces to arrest situation
It was another moment of grief Monday morning in Nkiedonwhro village, Bassa Local Government Area in Plateau State when at least 27 people were massacred in their sleep by gunmen suspected to be cattle herders.
The latest is about the third in the wave of attacks on the local government area since the state government imposed an indefinite dusk-to-dawn curfew on the local government council last Friday.
By Monday evening, the remains of the 27 victims of the attacks had been given a mass burial amidst wailing and outpouring of emotions in the village.
The incident followed a similar deadly attack in the same local government area on Saturday, leading to the deaths of six persons.
Confirming Monday’s incident, the National President of Irigwe Development Association (IDA), Mr. Sunday Abdu, indicted the soldiers attached to the Special Task Force (STF), saying the soldiers had gathered the villagers for the suspected herdsmen to kill.
He said the soldiers had gathered the victims in a primary school in the village to protect them from incessant attacks in the area, adding that while the soldiers occupied one classroom that they use as their operational base, the women and children occupied the next classroom.
“How then did the attackers come and kill the women and children without the soldiers knowing. It is either that the soldiers are conniving with the attackers to annihilate our people or they ran away and left our people to their fate.
“It is even more worrisome that the same local government is under a curfew imposed on it by the state government,” Abdu said.
Reacting to latest attack Monday, President Muhammadu Buhari said he received with deep sadness and regret, news of the killings which have been described as a reprisal perpetrated by suspected herdsmen.
Buhari, in a statement by his spokesperson, Garba Shehu, said: “This madness has gone too far.”
Shehu said the president instructed the military and the police to not only bring the violence to an instant end, but to draw up a plan to ensure that there are no further attacks and reprisals by one group against the other.
“President Buhari is devoted to the sanctity of Nigeria’s unity and he encourages Nigerians of all groups to learn to live together in peace and harmony,” Shehu said.
The president’s spokesman added that the president commiserated with the governor and people of Plateau State, and with those who lost their loved ones, friends and family.
“May God comfort them as only He can,” Buhari was quoted to have said.
Also reacting to the attack, the senator representing Plateau North in the National Assembly, Jonah David Jang, said he was sad to hear about the “incessant violent killings going on in Bassa allegedly perpetrated by herdsmen who have become the usual suspects in this kind of coordinated attacks in the state and others in the Middle-Belt”.
“The attack on Taagbe village, the failed attack on Nzoruvho village on Saturday, October 14th, 2017, and the most recent one on Nkiedonwhro in the early hours of yesterday (Monday), where more than 20 persons were alleged to have been killed, are condemnable no matter the justification.
“Notably, these attacks prove that the method of response adopted by the Plateau State governor is not working especially considering the dusk-to-dawn curfew imposed on Bassa Local Government Area on Friday.
“There is therefore the need for the state government to critically reconsider its strategy for the good of our people,” Jang, who is the immediate past governor of the state, said.
A former Commissioner for Information in the state, Mr. Yakubu Dati, added that the attack was condemnable, considering that the state governor had taken several measures, including the establishment of the Plateau Peace Agency and deployment of resources to assist the security agents to carry out their duties effectively.
“We can only call on the state government to reinvigorate the process that is already on ground,” he said.
Also commenting on the massacre, the member representing Jos North/Bassa federal constituency, Mr. Suleiman Kwande, called on the federal government to investigate the killings in the primary school while under the watch of the security operatives.
Kwande described the attack as unfortunate, particularly now that peace has returned to the state after decades of violence.
“The new spate of killings of innocent people in Bassa Local Government Area in recent times is very unfortunate and disheartening. The natives of the locality in the last few weeks have suffered unprovoked attacks that resulted in the killing of innocent people.
“I call on the federal government to set up a committee to investigate the fresh killings of innocent persons, including children, women, men and the aged in a primary school where they were taking refuge,” he said.
However, the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Tyopev Terna, said he could not comment on the attack, as he had not been briefed by his Divisional Police Officer in Bassa.
But the Director General of Plateau Peace Agency, Mr. Joseph Lengman, said the state government was slated to hold a security meeting Monday and would make its stance known after the meeting.
When contacted, the military Special Task Force (STF), codenamed Operation Safe Haven, said it would investigate the involvement of soldiers on duty at the Nkiedonwhro when the villagers were attacked.
The commander of the task force, Major General Anthony Atolagbe, who revealed this when he went for on-the-spot assessment of the school, said the soldiers were sent to the headquarters of the task force for proper investigation on how the attack took place in the village under their watch, especially since a curfew was imposed on the village and there was supposed to be restriction on movement.
Meanwhile, after the mass burial for the victims, the villagers called on the state government to vacate the curfew, as it was needless and had failed to serve its purpose.
They also demanded to know how the attackers found their way from the mountains to the village when there was a curfew and movement restriction.
THISDAY gathered that Governor Simon Lalong is slated to visit the area Tuesday to commiserate with the people.        (ThisDay)

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IPOB: Plateau Governor Imposes Dusk To Dawn Curfew |The Republican News

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Plateau State Governor, Mr Simon Lalong

Friday Olokor, Jos

 

Plateau state governor, Simon Lalong on Thursday imposed a dusk to dawn curfew in Jos metropolis.

A terse statement issued by the Director of Press and Public Affairs in Government HouseDr Emmanuel Nanle, said the decision was to forestall the breakdown of law and order in view of the crisis in Abia State.

He said, “Following the unfortunate reaction and rumours within the Jos Metropolis in response to the agitation by Independent People of Biafra in South Eastern Nigeria, the Executive Governor of Plateau State, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong has directed an immediate imposition of a curfew from dusk to dawn (6pm – 6amwithin the Greater Jos – Bukuru Metropolis, until further notice.

“This is to forestall any break down of law and order.

“The Executive Governor has directed the immediate deployment of security personnel to all flash points within the Jos Metropolis to ensure compliance with the curfew and to avert any further breach of the peace.”  (Punchng.com)

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