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  • Updated: April 19, 2024

Gunmen invade Plateau community, kill 18 people

Gunmen invade Plateau community, kill 18 people

On Friday, renewed gunmen assaults in Plateau State's Mangu Local Government Area killed around 18 people.

The gunmen invaded the Tilengpan hamlet in the state's Mangu Local Government area, murdering 12 people. Six more were slain in four Bokkos settlements, including a university student, last night.

Monday Kassam, Chairman of Mangu Local Government Area, confirmed the tragedy, saying the militants carried out fatal attacks on four communities.

According to Kassam, the gunmen entered the settlements, including the off-campus dormitories of Plateau State University students, and shot intermittently into the air to signal their arrival.

A statement by the chairman reads: “The following morning, the students came out in their large numbers; they were demonstrating when one of them was shot again based on the information I heard from the eyewitness account

“And the militias, not satisfied, had to come in again this morning despite the presence of security. They were given a chase but I don’t know the number of casualties but as of yesterday six persons were reported dead.”

Meanwhile, the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has blamed the security forces in Plateau for what it described as 'criminal collusion and compromise' with the forces of terror that have continuously unleased venomous and blood-cuddling violence on the largely Christian majority of the state.

HURIWA said the killings of the Plateau people were a well-planned genocide by sponsors of terrorists whom the federal government failed to arrest, prosecute and sanction by the counter-terror law of Nigeria. 

A statement on Sunday by the National Coordinator Emmanuel Onwubiko commended the concerted efforts made by the Plateau State Governor, Caleb Muftwang, but expressed dismay that the Nigerian Army is yet to dismiss the GOC of the 3rd division in Plateau State with all the heads of DSS and Police in Plateau State which have contributed to the constant slaughter of the natives.

Onwubiko said, "Continuous failures of intelligence must have consequences unless Nigeria is a failed state otherwise those responsible for security who encourage insecurity by their gross inefficiency and ineffectiveness,  should be dismissed from service to serve as deterrence."

HURIWA said the military, the police and the Department of State Services have all compromised with the forces of evils with the criminal intention of turning Plateau State into the axis of terror and killing fields by deliberately failing to preemptively stop these ongoing attacks including the shameful inability to catch the terrorists that murdered up to 200 Christians from over 19 Plateau State communities last year's Christmas eve. 

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