Plateau attack death toll hits over 115

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The death toll in the latest coordinated attacks on the Plateau has risen to over 115, the state governor, Governor Caleb Mutfwang has said.

A grieving Governor Mutfwang, who spoke on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Tuesday, said the attacks were unprovoked and tasked security agents to unravel the sponsors of the “carnage” and their blood-thirsty foot-soldiers.

“Just when we had finished preparations for Christmas, unprovoked attacks were unleashed on our communities,” a sombre-faced Mutfwang narrated the blood-curling simultaneous attacks by assailants on over 15 communities in the Bokkos and Barkin-Ladi Local Government Areas of the state on Christmas eve.

Several houses were set ablaze by the attackers on Sunday night. The gun-wielding and blood-curling men also looted farm produce and destroyed properties as they butchered the residents.

“As I am talking to you, in Mangu Local Government alone, we buried 15 people. As at this morning, in Bokkos, we are counting over 100 corpses. Not to talk of that of Barkin-Ladi.”

Several houses were said to have been set ablaze by the attackers who also looted farm produce and destroyed properties in the process.

The governor said the attacks were “unprecedented and monumental”, noting that though the assailants intended to break the spirit of the people and pull down the two local governments, the spirit of the people on the Plateau remained unfazed.

Mutfwang, however, said the response time by security agents, especially the men of the Nigerian Army can be better.

The governor also said the attacks were connected to land disputes between aboriginal dwellers and marauding terrorists.

He warned that the people attacked could defend themselves but it might get to a time that the people might not be able to restrain themselves from defending themselves and their lands against the assailants.

The DEFENDER recalls that as most Nigerians looked forward to the joy and happiness of Christmas day on Monday, murderers the day before on Sunday cowardly crept into different communities in two Local Governments of the state and slaughtered about 72 persons in cold blood.

Even though the military said they responded to 36 distress calls from different locations 48 hours including the period, their efforts did not stop the killers from their bloodthirsty quest.

In this vein, the Berom Youth Movement (BYM) had strongly condemned the horrific invasion of five communities by the unknown gunmen who unleashed the terror in Gashish and Ropp Districts of Barkin Ladi and Bokkos Local Government Areas of Plateau State on eve of Christmas.

The coordinated attacks, Berom Youth Movement said, resulted in the killing of over 72 innocent persons while property worth millions of naira were also destroyed in the process.

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