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Plateau community cries out over increasing attacks by herdsmen

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Fulani group explains why herdsmen carry arms

Residents of communities in Bassa Local Government have sent an appeal to the Plateau State government led by Governor Solomon Lalong over the rising spate of attacks by herdsmen in the area.

The community which channeled their complaint through the Irigwe Development Association, IDA, on Friday raised concerns over the renewed attacks on villages by the assailants.

In a statement issued by its President, Hon. Sunday A. Abdu, in Jos, the State capital, IDA appealed to the state government to wade into the matter by talking to top echelon of the military to ensure the return of security operatives to the chiefdom following the attacks which has left 15 persons dead in the past two weeks.

Abdu said, “While our people have continued to remain indoors and law-abiding in the wake of the national outcry over the virus, the assailant Fulani herdsmen have continued each day within the last two weeks to visit us with mayhem.

“On Wednesday, 1 April, Ancha, one of our troubled communities was visited once more in an attack that left three people dead and various houses razed. On Thursday, 2 April, we woke up to bury six people burnt to death in Hukke from an overnight attack.”

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He further stated that the Irigwe chiefdom was worried by the recent withdrawal of men of the special security task force, (Operation Safe Haven) from their domain.

“We, therefore, appeal that the authorities immediately respond to our cry by returning the personnel.

“Also, we want to appeal to the Plateau State Government to consolidate on the peace that the state had enjoyed for a while now, by wading in and talking to the top echelon of the military to do the needful in this regard, ” Abdu stressed.

“We are a people of peace and work daily to ensure it is sustained in our domain and the state as a whole,” he assured.

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