Islamist Fulani herdsmen vow to continue the killings in Jos
Fulani Herdsmen claimed that their attacks on 10 villages in Plateau State, Nigeria which resulted in the deaths of almost 200 people were ‘retaliatory’.
The Miyetti Allah cattle breeders Association of Nigeria, the political Islamic pressure group for Fulani Muslims in Nigeria, said, “The truth must be told that those who carried out the attacks must be on revenge mission.” The statement from the group said, “Fulani herdsmen have lost about 300 cows in the last few weeks – 94 cows were rustled by armed Berom (predominantly christian tribe) youths in Fan village, another 36 cows were killed by Berom youths. In addition to that, 174 cattle were rustled and the criminals disappeared with them to Mangu.”
In a press statement, on Sunday 24th June, the Christian tribal group most affected by the killings, the Berom Educational and Cultural Organisation (BECO) criticised what they described as ‘ethnic cleansing’ and the inability of the security services to “save the ives of innocent and defenceless women, children, the aged and men.
In the attacks, the associations said, “The Berom have lost about 150 members of its community.
What is more disturbing to us is the refusal of the security services to allow us access to the affected areas to evacuate the injured and provide relief to those whose houses have been burnt and property looted. They are held hostages with no help whatever from the security agencies and government,” according to Da Davou Choji Davou, General Secretary of the organisation said.
Accusations still follow the attacks as unconfirmed reports by villagers say the army is trying to
brush over the incidents and “destroy evidence of the Killings. One Col. Bello who is the the STF PRO along other Military Personnel have gone to Nyer village in Barakinladi where over 80 people were killed yesterday as well as other villages where people were killed forcing them to bury the Corpses as the only condition for them to get assistance by way of medical treatment to those with injuries.”
The villagers have taken to social media to draw the attention of the special military task force commander on this development.
Other reports, confirmed by Global Christian News, say “a patrol team in two Hilux jeeps has killed one man at Kaduna Vom village, near Jos, (following the imposition of the curfew as the army was trying to clear roadblocks set up by youths in the community), while 4 others are in very critical conditions at the Vom Christian Hospital.”
The President Berom Youth Moulders Association, Rwas Choji Chuwang Dalyop in a statement accused security operatives of a refusal to stop the attacks and killings in the first place.
President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria “has appealed for calm in Jos Plateau State following the reported killings of scores of people in various Communities. The President said that no efforts will be spared to bring the perpetrators of the killings to justice.”
Hassan John is West Africa Editor, GCN and Priest of the Anglican Diocese of Jos
Image Credits: Author