The President Plateau Initiative for Development and Advancement of the Native, (PIDAN) Dr Aboki Madaki has said 219 persons were killed with 2484 others displaced by attackers of the recent unrest in Plateau state.
Dr. Madaki stated this Saturday in Jos, at the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Plateau state council, during a press conference, lamenting that the federal government has abandoned the victims; he revealed that internally displaced people are been kept ten camps.
“We wish to observe with dismay that in spite of the spate of attacks on the Plateau, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), is not known to have provided relief material to any community in the State. We call on the Federal Government to as a matter of urgency, to direct NEMA to provide relief material to the affected communities.”
The PIDAN leader revealed that the injured were also abandoned “as we talk to you at this state chants, there are many wounded and injured people in various medical facilities within and outside the state, receiving medical attention.”
PIDAN also expressed worries that security operatives in charge of Plateau state were not proactive enough to have nip the recent unrest in the bud.
“Amnesty international Nigeria Press Release of 2806-18 reported that the last attacks in 11 Villages in Plateau State went on for 7 hours killing about 200 people Without intervention from the security forces. This is a clear testimony of the poor and inefficient response to conflict situations in the State by the current security architecture.”
Dr. Madaki call on federal government to provide adequate protections to the citizenry in the entire country.
“Presidency to enable it commence the return of displaced persons to their communities with priority accorded the 52 invaded villages. We call on the citizens to support the government in its efforts to improve security in the communities and return displaced persons to their ancestral homes.”
The group named villages that are prone attacks, and have suffered repeated attacks by herdsmen “villages that had been under constant attacks have been in Barkin Ladi LGA-20; Riyom LGA-12; Bassa LGA 6; Bokkos LGA-2.”
Similarly, a concern women group “Women for Women” Plateau state chapter also addressed Journalists at the NUJ press centre, same Saturday, and suggested that community leaders and retired Military officers should be included in the community policing of communities in Plateau state.
Leader of the women group Dr. Jophia Gupar made the appeal in the text of the press conference she read to Journalists at the press conference, call for inclusion of community leaders and ex-service men to manage insecurity.
“We demand that traditional rulers, mai anguwas, (Village heads) ward heads and women representatives (who are always at the receiving end) should be integrated into the Security architecture at all levels of governance.” She suggested.
Dr. Gupar added that “We want to also suggest that the Federal Government bring in all retired security personnel who abound in Plateau State and the nation at large, whose wealth of experience can be harnessed, to brainstorm and come up with a template which can be used to mitigate, nip future occurrences in the bud.”
As part of our contributions to finding a lasting solution to the problem, the Movement will organize a roundtable with both the indigenes and the Fulani’s so as to be able to get to the root of the problem.” She stressed.