U.S. condemns Shonong, Plateau violence

President Barack Obama

The U.S. asked the Nigerian government to “hold the responsible parties accountable” for the violence.

The United States has condemned Monday’s attack on Shonong, a community in Riyom Local Government Area of Plateau State.

The police said 16 people were killed in the attack, while residents told PREMIUM TIMES that 33 people, including women and children, were buried after the attack which lasted several hours.

In a statement by the Information Office of the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria, the U.S. said it is “concerned by the cyclical nature of reprisal killings that undermines inter-communal relations in the Middle Belt region.”

It added that “Nigeria’s diversity and the harmony among its people remain a source of great strength for its democracy.

The statement said the U.S. urges “the citizens of Plateau State to work toward a peaceful resolution of conflicts and grievances.

“We also urge the Government of Nigeria to investigate this attack, hold the responsible parties accountable, and work to provide increased security for civilians to prevent future acts like this from taking place.”

Repeated ethno-religious attacks in various communities in Plateau have led to the death of hundreds of people in the last one year despite the efforts of the police and the military.

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