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  • Updated: April 13, 2024

Plateau: 10 killed as militias lay siege to community

Plateau: 10 killed as militias lay siege to community

On Friday, suspected Fulani militants assaulted and killed about ten people in Mandung-Mushu and Kopnanle villages in Plateau State's Bokkos Local Government Area.

Barr Farmasum Fuddang, Chairman of the Bokkos Cultural Development Council (BCDC) Vanguard, told reporters on Saturday, "Last night, April 12, our community in the Bokkos Local Government Area of Plateau state faced a horrific attack, resulting in the senseless slaughter of at least ten of our members."

Despite the presence of security personnel including as the DSS, army, and police, he regretted that the criminals, described as Fulani terrorists, were permitted to commit their horrific crimes with impunity.

He added, “Under the cover of darkness, more than fifty armed terrorists descended upon the villages of Mandung-Mushu and Kopnanle, targeting innocent, unarmed, and peaceful residents as they slept.

"The assailants set fire to homes and a place of worship, mercilessly gunning down fleeing civilians while nearby soldiers failed to intervene effectively.

“This brazen attack, which predominantly targeted children, appears to be part of a calculated effort to instill fear and perpetrate further displacement within our communities,” he explained.

The chairman strongly denounced the terrorist attack, saying it was part of a larger plan to establish Sharia rule and seize control of their territories.

He went on to say that only hours before the disaster, BCDC Vanguard petitioned the Department of State Services (DSS) to challenge a leaked document accusing their personnel of preparing violence against Fulani locals.

He went on to say that they clearly said that the intelligence underpinning the document was fake and derogatory.

“Despite our efforts to rectify these falsehoods, the security apparatus failed to protect our community from the very threats we highlighted.

"We are appalled by the apparent prioritization of the lives of Fulani residents over our own and demand answers from the authorities.”

The timing of the attack, which came shortly after the DSS's erroneous warning of an upcoming assault on Fulani villages, he said, raises major doubts about complicity or willful negligence, and he refused to tolerate such injustice without urgent openness and responsibility.

“This is more so that advance notices of attack in the area were published and circulated at least a week prior to the so-called DSS intelligence.

"The DSS ignored these warnings and instead chose to implicate the victims despite acknowledging in their memo that the Fulani were responsible for the six-day attack that claimed over 300 of our members last Christmas,” he shared.

The council stated that the DSS alert is identical with the Fulani terrorists' age-old technique of raising false alarms to scare locals and/or justify planned assaults, and that unless the DSS clears its reputation on this, they believe it is involved and compromised.

“Should the authorities fail to provide satisfactory explanations within the shortest possible time, we are prepared to pursue legal recourse.

"Enough is enough—we will not allow our people to be targeted and vilified while those responsible for our safety turn a blind eye,” he submitted.    

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