FULANI HERDSMEN TAKE OVER 54 PLATEAU COMMUNITIES – PIDAN

EJIKEME OMENAZU

LAGOS

 

Plateau Initiative for Development and Advancement of Natives (PIDAN), a socio-cultural group, has said that about 54 communities in Plateau State have been attacked and forcefully taken over by the Fulani herdsmen.

The group also stated that several hundreds of natives had killed by the rampaging herdsmen between May and June this year.

Dr Aboi Madaki, chairman of the group, who disclosed this on Saturday at a news conference in Jos, said the attacks and killings were carried out in a manner typical of a guerrilla ambush, with guns and machetes.

Madaki said there was need  for security agencies in Plateau State to adopt measures similar to those used in the North East to dislodge the Boko Haram to recover the 52 villages, and return the displaced persons back to their ancestral communities.

He stressed that the spate of the attacks in Plateau State since January, showed that several lives had been lost in Barkin Ladi, Bassa, Riyom, Jos North, Bokkos and Mangu local government councils.

He said that June alone, many natives were killed and hundreds wounded in the attacks and currently receiving treatments in several hospitals.

Madaki said many of the Fulani leaders were justifying the attacks on cow rustling, but had no proof to back up their claims, saying such leaders should be picked by security agents to explain their roles in the attacks and killing of the natives in Plateau State.

PIDAN, he said, acknowledged the request by the Plateau State government to President Muhammadu Buhari for the establishment of a Mobile  Police outpost in Gashish  village of Barkin Ladi local government, given the fire power of the Fulani herders.

He commended the Plateau State government in its determined efforts towards ensuring that natives’ land were not taken away by any group through the force of arms in any part of the state.

 

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