Nigeria: Gunmen kill five farmers in Plateau
By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria
Five people have been shot and killed once more in the Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State by gunmen.
It was learned that the attacks that killed the victims took place on Thursday night in the Kogul community of the council area.
The most recent assault was coming scarcely two days after certain shooters attacked Kwahas and Milet people group in similar chamber region and killed two individuals including a lady chief.
An occupant of the Kogul people group, Sunday Dalyop, who affirmed the furthest down the line killings to The PUNCH in Jos on Friday, likewise said that that the shooters consumed a few houses in the territory and harmed a few others.
Dalyop stated, “Our people are currently in pain in Mangu because five people were killed, others were injured, and many houses were burned by Fulani Milias in Kogul Community of Panyam District in the LGA.” The militiamen arrived in the community at approximately 9:00 p.m. on June 7, 2023, and they began firing in a variety of directions. At the conclusion of the incident, five people were confirmed dead, and many houses were burned. People are concerned about the inability of security personnel to stop the ongoing attack on innocent farmers in the Council Area and make arrests.
The spokesman for the Plateau State Police Command, Alabo Alfred, was not readily available when contacted by our correspondent regarding the incident. However, a former governor of the state, Fidelis Tapgun, described the series of attacks in the state in an interview as very pathetic. Gunmen kill three miners in Plateau.
After that, he suggested that the federal and state governments work together with the local communities and invest in information gathering to end the unpleasant situation.
Tapgun said, “The security circumstance in Level state is an exceptionally lamentable one and my heart goes out to the groups of the people in question. However, regardless of the state’s current security architecture, it needs to be reviewed. I am not aware of its organization.
“Before I became lead representative, I experienced childhood in the common help and filled in as the Secretary of the Nearby Government in the state as well as the Sole Overseer up to the Bureau Office where I served in Extraordinary Administrations Division and the Security Office. At the time, I was aware that every chairman of an LGA was the Chief Security Officer of his or her LGA in the 1980s. In addition, there was a security committee in each LGA that met every Monday and was led by the chairman. This committee was made up of various groups like traditional rulers, ward heads, the market traders association, DPOs, DSS, and taxi drivers.
“These groups look for information that is happening in their various areas, and reports were received from these categories of groups, so if there was going to be a problem or a security breach, you would get the information right away and be able to deal with the problem. The summaries of all the reports were then sent back to the LGAs, where they were routed through the office of the Secretary to the State Government to the state government for further distribution to the National Security Adviser’s office. For the safety of our people in Plateau state and Nigeria as a whole, I believe that the current administration must revisit and reintroduce this security arrangement, which was successful in the 1980s.