Once regarded as the ‘home of peace and tourism,’ Plateau State in Nigeria’s Northcentral has degenerated into a killing field of sorts. Security of lives and property is no longer guaranteed, as blood-cuddling tales of killings of innocent and hapless residents by suspected bandits and ethnic militia abound. The situation has kept the state government and security agencies on their toes in a bid to fish out the perpetrators. KOLADE ADEYEMI reports

The unscheduled visit of the Plateau State Governor, Barr Caleb Mutfwang, to the Chief of Defense Staff, Maj. Gen. Christopher Musa, and the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Maj. Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, this week, in Abuja, showed that all is not well in the state.

The visit also confirmed fears that the state governor may be hamstrung in finding a solution to the wanton killings he inherited when he took over governance on May 29.  Plateau State, once regarded as the ‘home of peace and tourism,’ in the North Central geopolitical zone of Nigeria, has been the theatre of wanton killings, presumably by bandits and ethnic militia. As of July 7, 2023, no fewer than 204 persons were said to have been killed by gunmen.

Barely a week after that, the casualty figure rose to 346. And at the last count, over 20,000 survivors are said to have been displaced and taking refuge in camps across the state. The number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps, too has grown to 14 at the time of compiling this report.

A human rights organization known as Gideon and Funmi Para-Mallam Peace Foundation, which dished out the figures, said they were recorded within the last three months of mayhem (April-July) across the eight Local Government Areas in Plateau  State.

Source : Nations Newspaper


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