21 persons feared killed in Riyom,Barkin Ladi LGA – BYM

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By Israel Adamu,Jos

Group under the umbrella of Berom Youth Moulders-Association (BYM) on Monday said twenty one persons have been reported killed and several others injured on Sunday during coordinated attacks by fulani militias on residents of Rim, Jol, Kwi Communities of Riyom LGA as well as Gana-Ropp Community in Barkin Ladi LGA.

Rwang Tengwong National Publicity Secretary of the Association in a statement he signed and made available to newsmen in Jos said two persons were killed in Rim village of Riyom Local Government Area, Seven killed in Jol, Eleven in Kwi while a Clegyman, Reverend Nichodemus Kim was killed in Gana-Ropp Barkin Ladi LGA.

The attacks on Rim, Jol and Kwi were simultaneously coordinated by the terrorists between the hours of 2pm and 7pm.

In Kwi, an entire Community, Hei-gwe was completely burned down and over a hundred farmlands destroyed.

In Gana-Ropp, the Clergyman, Reverend Nichodemus Kim with the Church of Christ In Nations was attacked at about 8pm at home and the militias opening fire on him.

It is a great concern that these Communities especially, Rim, Jol and Kwi have come down attacks severally in the last two weeks, yet, Sunday’s attack when on for hours without the intervention of the Special Task Force, Operation Safe Haven-OPSH.

More worrisome is the fact that Mahanga which is the base of those terrorising these Communities is known, yet, no effort has been made by security personnel to raid the place.

Also, for over a decade now, the Special Task Force in the state have not addressed these killings in the state.

This has left us with concerns if questions as to if Government can still keep to it’s primary responsibility of safeguarding lives and property.

The BYM under the leadership of Solomon Dalyop Mwantiri, Esq. hereby condemns the coordinated attacks and other forms of provocation meted out on innocent persons of Plateau since after the 2023 General Elections.

We call on the new administration both at Federal and state level to come up with new strategies to address the security situation in the country and particularly, in Plateau State.

Security personnel must also wake up to their statutory responsibility to safeguard lives and property.

The BYM equally call on the Berom nation to remain calm and law abiding in all these, but must explore every avenue to defend our Communities as we cannot sit and watch while we are killed one after another.

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