- The Plateau state governor's convoy was attacked by Internally Displaced Persons on Saturday, July 14
- Berom tribal groups have condemned the attacks
- The groups said though the IDP camp is located in Berom land, it should not be misconstrued that the attack was carried out by Berom people
Prominent Berom tribal groups have decried the ethnic tone the recent attack on Governor Simon Lalong has since assumed.
Berom Youth Moulders Association and Berom Patriots on Monday, July 16, condemned the attack on the governor’s convoy, but said the incident should not be accorded an ethnic tone since it happened in a cosmopolitan area.
A statement issued by the Berom Youth Moulders Association stated that its president, Rwas Choji Dalyop received with great shock the news of the attack on the governor’s convoy while Lalong was exiting an IDP camp.
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The group stated that there should be no justification blaming the attack an ethnic group adding that, “we do not wish to by this statement shield bad eggs amongst our youth who probably partook in the unwholesome act, but it must be viewed with utmost sense of rationality to avoid tendencies of causing further division amongst the united and good people of Plateau.”
Also, the Berom Patriots in a statement signed by its president, Dachollom Badung and secretary, Gyang David stated that though the IDP camp is located in Berom land, “it should not be misconstrued that the attack was carried out by Berom people.”
“While we condemn the attack on our peace loving governor’s convey, we make bold to say that some miscreants with ulterior motive might have taken advantage of the vulnerability of the IDPs to carry out their heinous activities,” it stated.
Meanwhile, the Plateau state government on Sunday, July 15, said it has set in motion machinery to fish out those who embarrassed Governor Simon Lalong, who was pelted with stones on Saturday, July 14 at an IDP camp.
Governor Lalong is becoming increasingly unpopular in the north-central state after series of attacks by armed herdsmen on local communities, populated by farmers.
Many accuse the governor of playing politics with the situation and failing address the issues headlong like some of his counterparts in other states.
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