West & Central Africa

Over 60 people killed a week after President’s ‘peace visit’.

Over 60 have been killed in Nigeria’s Plateau State by Fulani cattle herders in less than a week, following the visit of President Muhammadu Buhari, who lauded the state for its peace initiative between Christian and Muslims during his visit.

The latest killings occurred on 14 and 15 March when Fulani Herdsmen attacked a community about five kilometres near Jos, Plateau state and less than two kilometres to the 3rd Armoured Division of the Nigerian Army.

In a protest during the mass funeral for the victims of the massacres, men and women dressed in black, marched in the streets of Jos denouncing security agents who have been complacent in the attacks.

“We have cried out to security agencies to rise to the occasion, but it will interest you to know that some of the attacks occurred just few meters from security check points, but the soldiers would rather stay glued to these check points even against distress calls and offer of intelligence by our people,” said the Irigwe Development Association (IDA) in a news conference.

Eye witnesses said on Monday 12 March 25 people mostly children were killed at Dun-dun village, in Kwall district of Plateau State.

“Since January this year, we have continually picked corpses of our loved ones, some burnt beyond recognitionfrom night attacks by Fulani herdsmen militia, some killed in the homes, some in the farms, and others on their way home from places of leisure and business.”

The Plateau State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has condemned the killings in Bokkos calling it a callous senseless destruction of lives by people with shadowy agenda.

 

Hassan John is West Africa Editor, GCN and Priest of the Anglican Diocese of Jos

Images of attacks in Jos by Author