Jos crisis: Gunmen kill youth leader

Jonah Jang
Jonah Jang

Villagers had warned operatives about possible attack.

The youth leader of Shonung Village in Riyom Local Government Area of Plateau State was killed by gunmen on Monday, a lawmaker has said.

A member of the Plateau State House of Assembly, Daniel Dem, who represents the area, said this on Monday.

Mr. Dem said that security operatives in the state were drafted to the area late; therefore could not arrest any suspect.

The residents of the area had last week raised an alarm that they had discovered a training camp of unknown gunmen behind a rocky hill in Rim, near Riyom. According to the villagers, despite the early alert, nothing was done by security agents to prevent the Monday attack.

The villagers raised the alarm in a statement issued last week.

“The alarm has become necessary so as to attract security agencies to come to our aid in (the form of) protection. The whole of Bachit District is under serious risk of gunmen attack if nothing is done to improve security surveillance in the areas,” the statement read.

An official of a vigilante group in Riyom, Dangyang Bulus, in the statement said, “We discovered their plans because one of the Fulani living with us was invited to join them in their training camp. That one deceived them by telling them he would go home and prepare to join them later but refused to go back to the camp. So, it is our Fulani neighbour that revealed the secret to us. We have communicated to the police and security agencies in charge of these areas, but from all indication, they are afraid of going there. Some of them even said we were raising a false alarm. This gunmen can strike anytime and we don’t know where and when they will strike that is why we are raising this alarm. If this planned attack is not prevented, we will hold the security agencies responsible for any loss of lives and properties because past attacks by these gunmen take casualties as much as hundred.”

All efforts to confirm Monday’s killing from the police and the Special Task Force, STF, on Jos Crisis, proved abortive as their spokespersons did not pick their calls.

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