Boko Haram-like gunmen kill 27 in Plateau

At least 27 residents died in an attack by gunmen on Bachi District of Riyom Local Government in Plateau, Josephine Piyo, Chairman of the local government has said.

The attack occurred Thursday last week and was carried out like Boko Haram attacks on villages in North West Nigeria, local government officials claim.

Mrs. Piyo told a joint team of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) on a visit to the area on Tuesday that the attackers torched 70 houses.

Represented by the Council Secretary, Alex Kundang, the chairman said the attack also led to the displacement of at least 3,520 residents.

She said those displaced were currently staying at different camps for Internally Displaced Persons in the area.

Mr. Piyo described the situation as pathetic and that urgent national attention was needed to address the situation as the attacks on Riyom people had become recurrent.

“The methods of the attacks are similar to that of Boko Haram in terms of approach and the weapon used,” she said.

The chairman appealed to the Federal Government to design a strategy to check the attacks in the manner it had tackled the Boko Haram insurgency.

Eugene Melong, a senior official who led the NEMA North Central team on the assessment visit, expressed sadness over the incident.

“We are here with my team to carry out on-the-spot assessment, generate report and then send it to our headquarters to enable the government to render some assistance,” Mrs. Melong said.

The Executive Secretary of SEMA, who was represented by its Director of Administration, Biser Longnan said that the Plateau Government planned to assist the displaced persons.

The leader of displaced persons in Camp 1, located at Farinlaba Local Education Authority Primary School, Riyom, Dalyop Kanbut, called for a lasting solution to the attacks.

He said the attacks had brought untold hardship to the people.

At Camp 2 located at Riyom Community Hall, Mr Sunday Baren said the people needed assistance, especially food and drugs.



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  • Otile

    Allah Wubade

  • bruce uba

    Dr. Abati, thanks for your write up and thoughts for an “egalitarian Nigeria”. Corruption which we have vowed to “destroy” under this present regime is actually a structural problem in Nigeria! Since independence inter-ethnic suspicion and “local champion” leaderships have created a sense of “no man’s land” that has persisted to date. Nigerian leaders live and act like there will be no Nigeria tomorrow, so the foundations for a greater society are not laid! Democracy should not just be about organizing elections and sharing power and the wealth of the nation. It should include strong institutions and laws that guarantee individual freedoms, land and property ownership, education and health care for all, everywhere! Citizenship is at the core of nation building. But tell me who is a Nigerian? Most people don’t even know! All immigration requires for you to get a Nigerian passport is a letter from your local government area. But who is a citizen of a local government area? Indigenous people? As determined by what? Residents? Who moved in from where, for how long? We have not even been able to organize a credible census since independence! We don’t fundamentally recognize population as a veritable instrument for governance, instead we eschew other mundane criteria like land mass, inverse school enrollment, equality of states, etc. Falsification, disregard of the people, cronyism, patronage and godfathers have therefore, prospered! Government is the biggest industry in the country. Private enterprise is looked down upon and even cajoled. Government officials therefore, help themselves and create crony empires. Our security is left in the hands of an underpaid, underfunded, ill-selected, ill-trained and ill-equipped military and police. Excellence is hardly a criteria for any rewards or promotion in Nigeria. CORRUPTION is the result!

  • abodes_124

    tell them!