Plateau Massacre: Vice President Visit Plateau Over Attacks, Killings

Professor Yemi Osinabjo, The Vice President, visited Plateau State to commiserate with the government and people of the state; following the devastating attack that claimed dozens of lives over the weekend.

Professor Osinbajo landed at the Jos Airport late Monday afternoon and was welcomed by the state Governor, Simon Lalong alongside other government officials.

He then went to a mini-conference with the leaders of various ethnic groups and officials of the government in the state. The purpose of the meeting was to contemplate measures to be taken to ensure peace and safety returns to be troubled areas and prevent subsequent attacks from taking place.

The Vice President’s visit was a direct result of the death of no less than 86 people brutally murdered by suspected herdsmen in a fresh attack over the weekend on Barkin Ladi Local Government (LGA) of the state.

The attackers carried out the deadly ambush on half a dozen villages of Xlands, Gindin Akwati, Ruku, Nhgar, Kura Falls and Kakuruk, all in Gashish district of the LGA.
Journalists were told by the state’s police authorities that 50 houses, 12 vehicles and 15 motorcycles were destroyed, while residents reveal that there have been renewed attacks in the state.

The incident had consequently resulted in apprehension in Barkin Ladi and bordering local governments, as residents flee the attacked communities to seek refuge elsewhere.
The latest incident has consequently sparked mass unrest, fear and apprehension in barkin Lafi and sorrounding LGAs; another effect of the attacks is the state-imposed dusk-dawn curfew while has stymied commercial activities in Barkin Ladi, Riyom and Jos South LGAs.

In a statement, the state government explained that the curfew was part of steps taken to avert any spillover and reprisal attacks, as well as stop the escalation of the crisis.

Condemning the incident, Governor Lalong had also appealed to people to remain calm and respect the curfew as the government investigates the immediate and remote causes of the attack.