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Plateau State: Gunmen Defy Curfew, Leaving Over 30 Dead and Homes in Flames

January 25, 2024









More than 30 individuals lost their lives, and numerous houses were reduced to ashes in Kwahaslalek and surrounding communities as gunmen blatantly disregarded the 24-hour curfew imposed by the Plateau State government in Mangu Local Government Area. The curfew, announced by Governor Caleb Mutfwang due to escalating security concerns, permitted only essential movement within the locality.

Despite the curfew, Kwahaslalek and its environs bore the brunt of a brutal attack, with gunmen unleashing havoc, leaving destruction in their wake. Sabon Layi, particularly, suffered severe consequences, witnessing the burning of houses, worship centers, and business establishments. Shockingly, citizens pointed fingers at soldiers, accusing them of complicity in the tragic events.

Survivor Hosea Ibrahim revealed that the skirmish in Mangu town served as a diversion for the devastating attack on Kwahaslalek, not far from the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) permanent orientation camp at Jakatai, Mangu LGA. The assailants targeted a community leader’s house, where over 30 people, predominantly women and children, sought refuge, only to meet a tragic end.

While official confirmation was pending, security personnel acknowledged the challenges faced in responding to the attack due to the assailants’ firepower. Witnesses accused some security personnel of bias, complicating efforts to address the situation impartially.

Prophet Isa El-Buba urgently called for action against the alarming insecurity in Nigeria. The Mwaghavul Development Association (MDA) expressed dissatisfaction with the alleged complacency of some military personnel during the skirmish, demanding a complete withdrawal and replacement with Mobile Police (MOPOLS) and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

The Plateau Youth Council (PYC) condemned the lack of efficient response from the military, citing a loss of confidence in their ability to protect the communities. The Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) in the state also condemned the resurgence of violence in Mangu town, urging intensified efforts to restore peace and order.

Governor Caleb Mutfwang declared a 24-hour curfew in Mangu local government area in response to the deteriorating security situation. Armed men’s attacks on communities resulted in property destruction, with reports of lives lost and injuries. The situation escalated as reprisals occurred, leading to the burning of worship centers and heightened tensions in the region.



Credit: Vanguard

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