13 people killed in renewed hostility in Plateau

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Thirteen Berom natives of Riyom Local Government Area of Plateau State have been reportedly killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen in a Tuesday night attack in Jol village of the restive council.

Emmanuel Danboyi Jugu, the Management Committee Chairman of Riyom Local Government, told Daily Independent that the dead were given mass burial.

“Ten persons, including women and children, have been given mass burial; three other bodies have just been discovered,” he said.

DSP Mathias Terna, the Plateau State Police Public Relations officer, when contacted on the attack, told newsmen that he was yet to get details of the attack from the DPO of the local government council.

Rev Yaukubu, Northern CAN Chairman, told Daily Independent that while the attacks were going on, he received calls from the villagers and had to call the Special Task Force (STF) in charge of internal peace operation to act fast to save the villagers from the attackers.

Meanwhile, Lt. General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), has claimed that Plateau elders and elite were culpable in the repeated violent clashes and their escalation in the state.

Buratai, who was represented by the Commander, Special Task Force (STF), codenamed ‘Operation Safe Haven (OPSH)’, Major-General Augustine Agundu, stated this at the burial ceremony of the three soldiers that were brutally killed in Barkin Ladi area of the state on September 6, 2018.

He revealed that the body language of the elite and elders, their actions and inactions, have emboldened the youths to maim and kill innocent passers-by at their whims and caprices.

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