Gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen, on Monday, invaded Nkiedonwhro village in Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State, killing over 20 persons. The incident occurred inside a camp which the villagers had been lodged to take refuge from the volatile security situation in the area.
No refuge: The gunmen stormed the village in the early hours of Monday morning and shot indiscriminately at the villagers who had earlier been evacuated to the location (a primary school in the area) to take refuge.
On Friday, following the porous security in the local government and the rising tensions, Governor Simon Lalong imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew, with soldiers dispersed across the area. Despite the heavy presence of security operatives, this is the third attack in as many days.
This madness must stop: In reaction, President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the killing while ordering the restoration of law and order in the state.
According to a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, “President Buhari believes that this madness has gone too far. He has instructed the military and the police to not only bring the violence to an instant end, but also to draw up a plan to ensure that there are no further attacks and reprisals by one group against the other. President Buhari is devoted to the sanctity of Nigeria’s unity, and he encourages Nigerians of all groups to learn to live together in peace and harmony. He commiserates with the governor and people of Plateau State, and with those who lost their loved ones, friends and family: May God comfort them as only He can,” the statement read.