Muhammed Abubakar, Reporting
IT was a bloody June 12 Democracy Day at communities in Barakin-Ladi and Riyom local government areas of Plateau State as no fewer than 21 persons were wasted by suspected Fulani invaders.
Among the 21 deceased is a cleric, Stonix News gathered on Monday.
National Publicity Secretary, Beron Youth Moulders Association (BMY), Rwang Tengwong, confirmed the killings.
He said 21 people were killed and several others injured on Sunday during a well-coordinated attacks by Fulani militias on residents of Rim, Jol, and Kwi communities of Riyom LGA, as well as Gana-Ropp community in Barkin Ladi LGA.
He further pointed out in his statement that in Gana-Ropp, the cleric, Reverend Nicodemus Kim, of the Church of Christ in Nations, was attacked at about 8:00p.m. at home, as the militias opened fire on him.
“It is a great concern that these communities, especially Rim, Jol, and Kwi, have come under attack several times in the last two weeks, yet Sunday’s attack went on for hours without the intervention of the Special Task Force, Operation Safe Haven-OPSH,” the statement said.
“More worrisome is the fact that Mahanga, which is the base of those terrorizing 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 has not addressed these killings,” he lamented.
The association, therefore, condemned the coordinated attacks and other forms of provocations meted out on innocent people of the Plateau since the 2023 General Elections.
It called on the new administration both at the federal and state levels to come up with new strategies to address the security situation in the country, particularly in Plateau State, where security personnel must also wake up to their statutory responsibility to safeguard lives and property.
The BYM equally called on the Berom nation to remain calm and law-abiding, but must explore every avenue to defend their communities.
Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Plateau State Command, DSP Alfred Alabo, confirmed the tragedy.
He said the command, led by the Commissioner of Police, CP Bartholomew Onyeka, was at the scene of the unfortunate incident for an assessment of the situation.