Plateau attacks: Over 2, 000 persons displaced, 23 buried in 3 days


Following the recent attacks in Josho community of Daffo District, in Bokkos LGA of Plateau State, about 23 people have so far been buried, while over 2, 000 others have been displaced.

DAILY POST gathered that of the 23 corpses recovered between Friday and Saturday, many were burnt, while several other victims survived with various degrees of injuries.

Another source, however, said “there was a mass burial of 18 people last Friday and another burial yesterday (Saturday) though a lesser number.”

Also the Management Committee Chairman of Bokkos LGA, Simon Angyol and a top ranking cleric in the area said death toll as at yesterday was 16.

Another cleric in Daffo, however, gave a different figure.

He said, “17 persons were confirmed dead and the villages destroyed are Nghakudung, Morok, Hottom, Wareng and Ganda”.

However, sources in Daffo say search was still ongoing to find out if there were more corpses, as many people were still missing.

“Over 2000 people have been displaced by the attacks”, he said.

Angered by the situation, the Plateau State government has vowed to do everything possible to track down the “criminals.”

Mr Yakubu Dati, the State’s Commissioner for Information and Communication, said, “The Governor has commiserated with the people of Bokkos over the dastardly act carried out by criminal elements as far as we are concerned.

“Any one who doesn’t respect human lives is a criminal.”

He regretted that State governments had no control over security, but assured the State governor was working to provide logistical support to enable Federal troops carry out a clean job.

“The Governor though Chief Security Officer of the State, has no control over security. We can only provide logistical support.

“We have 40 patrol vehicles soon to be launched by the IG and the security agencies have been mobilized to take care of the situation,” he said.

The Commissioner pleaded with members of the public to provide useful information to security operatives to enable them function effectively.

Confirming the attacks, Spokesman of the Plateau Police Command, ASP Mathias Tyopev Terna, said, “There are incidents of attacks on villages in Daffo District of Bokkos LGA; sixteen people lost their lives and many have been displaced.

“One Muhammadu Musa Bimini a Fulani Herdsman was arrested by the Police Mobile men on the 08/03/2018 at Daffo with military AK47 riffle number HC2614.

“He has since been transferred from Bokkos to the State CID and is assisting police with investigation.

“We have also increased our deployment there”, he stressed.


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