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Protests, anger as suspected herdsmen kill 86 in Plateau

Protests, anger as suspected herdsmen kill 86 in Plateau

- Youths of Plateau state have protested the killings of no less than 86 people in the state

- The protesters claimed that security agencies did not protect the attacked villagers

- They said they were not satisfied with the performance of some security agencies who abandoned their entire work for Operation Safe Haven

Hundreds of youths of Plateau state hit the streets on Monday, June 25, to protest the attack on Berom community which led to the killings of over eighty-six (86) people by gunmen suspected to be herdsmen.

The youths claimed that security agencies did not protect the attacked villagers during the gunmen’s invasion.

The Nation reports that the youths blocked the federal highway in Bukuru and set up bonfires.

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After an on-the-spot assessment of villages attacked by herdsmen in Barkin Ladi local government area, the Plateau Concerned Professionals Forum (PCPF) insisted that it was important Governor Lalong should consolidate on the existing relationship with security formations.

The group convener, Pam Chuwang, said: “The Plateau state government needs to urgently develop the political will to end these killings in the state. How can people be killed like animals just like that?

“While we appeal for calm, restraint to residents and warn against reprisals, it is important to call on the state government to further consolidate on the existing relationship with the security formations in the state particularly Operation Safe Haven, OPSH, the Nigeria Police Mobile Force and the Department for State Services (DSS) to bring to the barest minimum these unfortunate incidents.”

“We are particularly displeased with the performance of some security agencies who abandoned their entire work for Operation Safe Haven for reasons best known to them. What about the people specially trained to gather intelligence? Where were they when these terrorists were planning? This is sad and can no longer be tolerated."

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that the United States strongly condemned the attacks in Plateau in which no fewer than 86 people were killed and several others injured.

The US in a statement by Heather Nauert, spokesperson for the US Department of State, said the perpetrators of the attacks should be brought to justice.

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