Pictures of the 27 people killed in Nkiedonwhro, Bassa LGA, Plateau state

Below are pictures of what has become a daily occurrence in Plateau state. Six attacks have occurred in six days. And in all cases, rumours of the attacks were prevalent and like the certainty of the sun rising, they happen.

 

ViewPointNigeria Analysis

Deep soul searching needs to be undertaken by the Plateau State Government and security forces. They both need to rethink their strategy and put heads together on how to fully safe-guard the population.

So far, imposing curfews on conflict areas have not worked and engaging/signing peace pacts with assailants have also failed woefully.

The only thing that has been consistent is PLSG’s resolve to shield the identity of the so called “unknown gunmen” and its inability to muster the courage to boldly declare that Plateau does indeed have a problem with herdsmen attacks and then challenging Buhari to break his complicit silence and stamp out the menace.

You will agree that the first step to solving any problem is to first acknowledge that the problem does indeed exists -so far PLSG has failed to do that. If it continues to pretend that there is no problem or that the “clashes” are because of cow rustling or theft, then blood will continue to flow.

The issue on ground goes beyond the trivial rustling cases, it is a land issue which predates our grand parents (even to the 7th generation) . It is about the control of the resources – i.e., whether Plateau lands are for natives to farm or for herdsmen to graze their cattle (grazing reserves).

In summary, the much malign grazing reserves policy which was wholly rejected by Plateau people appears to be getting implemented by via option B (i..e, the forceful/attack strategy). And unfortunately we continue to play politics with the issues.

 

Above: Youths digging the burial site (mass grave)

Above: The dead, including women, children and the aged

Above: Approximately 20 people killed in a classroom. Witnesses claim they were ushered into the classroom by soldiers before their summary execution by assailants.

Above: Class room housing 15 bodies, where witnesses said soldiers ushered the dead into, before they were killed by assailants

Above: The dead being prepped for mass burial

Above: Bullet shells that have left a trail of death

Above: OPSH stationed in the area to prevent further attacks/reprisals

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Pictures of the 27 people killed in Nkiedonwhro, Bassa LGA, Plateau state

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  • neto e.
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    for the interest of peace. the curfew need to be remove so that the Stf n the owners of the landgo for the searching of the killers…or mopol should be deploy to the area n remove Stf….is we lost confidence on them….

  • neto e.
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    chai… what is happening..our land has now turned to river of blood flowing just in the name of hatred..lack of peace..lack of true..lack of proper communiction..lack of fear of God…infact….

  • sly
    Reply

    I know this going to happened the moment I heard about the curfew. How on earth that you declared curfew on an area that’s attacks is eminent, how does one expect this people to organised for their safety well they’re under cage? The state govt has guffed, the fed govt show no concerns. I’ll support the ideas of removing security personnel in that land because the people are well okey to handling the safety. Allowed people to be killed after assuring them safety. What wickedness.

  • David Zhu
    Reply

    We will like the United Nations to intervene in this case, since our government and security agencies failed to control the situation.

  • Hyacienth
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    Plateau people should ask their leaders in government to name the so-called unknown gunmen. This is a high level connivance by the power that be and the handwriting is all over the land. Why do you think they insist on having a second division of their army (the so-called STF) permanently station on the Plateau? Where is the so-called Plateau intelligentsia? Shine your eyes!!!

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