100 killed in Plateau council, Riyom, in six months – Chairman

Jos crisis
Jos crisis

The council boss accused the STF of complicity in the crisis.

The Management Committee Chairman of Riyom Local Government Area, Sam Audu, in a media conference in Jos on Thursday, said the council lost over a 100 persons to civil unrest between the end of 2012 and early 2013.

He also said that his council has treated not less than 50 people for injuries from gunshots. He said the treatment cost the council area about N5 million.

The council boss blamed the riots in Riyom on armed Fulani men. He denied allegations that citizens in the area own arms and ammunition and faulted the operations of the Nigeria Army in the area.

The council boss also called for the withdrawal of soldiers from Riyom, asking that they be replaced with police officers. He accused the soldiers of harming residents and carrying out extrajudicial killings.

He said one of the occasions the soldiers, members of the Special Task Force, STF, indulged in extrajudicial activities was during an unannounced search for arms in Rim Village.

Mr. Audu said 10 women sustained injuries from the incident; while one of the women got injured on the right side of her head and leg.

”We are calling on the Federal government to withdraw the STF as we believe that what remains of the peace process between the Berom and Fulani can be achieved by dialogue with each other to make way for lasting peace in the country,” he said.

He also suggested that indigenes of Riyom be allowed to defend themselves in any way they can because too many have been killed.

Besides the council chairman, some residents of the council also demanded the withdrawal of soldiers. They asked the federal government to set a stage for gradual withdrawal of soldiers of the STF from Riyom.