Black Christmas In Plateau As Gunmen Kill over 72 persons

Black Christmas In Plateau As Gunmen Kill over 72 persons

In a shocking and devastating turn of events, the joy and celebration of Christmas was shattered in Plateau State as gunmen launched a barbaric attack on multiple communities, senselessly claiming the lives of over 72 innocent individuals.

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Despite the military’s claims of responding to 36 distress calls in the past 48 hours, their efforts proved futile in stopping the bloodthirsty killers from carrying out their heinous acts.

The Berom Youth Movement (BYM) wasted no time in condemning the horrific invasion of Gashish and Ropp Districts in Barkin Ladi and Bokkos local government areas.

The BYM attributed the attacks to suspected Fulani herdsmen, accusing them of orchestrating a coordinated assault on five communities on Christmas Eve. As a result of these attacks, over 72 innocent lives were brutally taken, and properties worth millions of naira were destroyed.

The BYM statement revealed that NTV witnessed the deaths of nine individuals, while Mai Yanga Sabo, Darwat, and Hurum saw the loss of five, three, and one person respectively.

The nearby villages of Bokkos suffered the highest death toll, surpassing 40 lives lost. In addition to the loss of life and property, food items were also looted.

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The BYM strongly condemned this act of terrorism, denouncing the blatant disregard for human life and the devastating impact it has had on the affected communities.

They stated that this tragedy has not only led to the displacement of numerous individuals but has also undermined the peace and unity that the nation holds dear.

Expressing their condolences and support, the BYM vowed to stand in solidarity with the affected communities and continue advocating for justice and accountability.

Meanwhile, Governor Caleb Mutfwang of Plateau State has ordered the arrest of the killers, emphasizing their need to face the full force of the law. Governor Mutfwang, through his spokesperson, urged the public to remain calm and report any suspicious activities to the security agencies.

He expressed his dismay at the continuous attacks and destruction of property, promising to implement stringent measures to combat insecurity in the state. Maj.-Gen. Abdusalam Abubakar, the commander of Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), confirmed that his troops had responded to numerous distress calls during the attacks.

He revealed that some of his men were currently in the hospital due to injuries sustained while defending the communities. However, Abubakar assured the public that they were committed to quelling all criminal activities in Plateau State.

As Plateau State grapples with the aftermath of this horrific incident, the nation mourns the loss of innocent lives and demands justice. It is a stark reminder that even on a day meant for love and togetherness, evil can rear its head.

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