Updated: March 4, 2021
Nigerians in Plateau state have raised alarm that soldiers are forcing local populations to destroy evidence of the Sunday massacre with mass burials.
Horrific pictures sent to Today News Africa in Washington DC show the level of barbarism left behind by Fulani herdsmen.
Women and children were stabbed, beheaded or burned live and are now being buried in mass graves.
In a statement on Monday, President Muhammadu Buhari claimed that the killings in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau state were perpetrated by political opponents who want him out of office by all means.
His statement came after the Nigerian Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, called on the President on Sunday to wake up and end the country’s bloodshed, after another massacre in Plateau state.
Mr. Saraki urged Mr. Buhari to direct his security chiefs to immediately produce quick response measures aimed at tackling the spate of killings in the country.
Saraki said Nigerians should start having the assurances that the government is decisively responding to the current threat to lives and properties in parts of the country.
“I am very sad to hear the news of the incident in Plateau State. This is very depressing and giving the impression that the country is not safe. The problem of Boko Haram in the North-east is well known to everybody but this killing by unknown band of assailants in Benue, Taraba, Plateau and Kaduna States is now giving another dimension to the crisis. Coming at the time we are getting ready for elections, we need to respond fast.
“If the plan is to develop some long term measures, we also request that the President should mandate the security chiefs to put forward an immediate short term and quick response measure which will restore confidence in the system and demonstrate to the criminals behind this killings the capacity of government to tackle the issue.
“We have to immediately device a plan through which the criminals behind the killings and their sponsors can be nabbed and made to face the wrath of the law. We have to also develop plans to mop up illegal fire arms in the hands of dangerous elements while also stopping the influx of these arms into the country”, he stated.
The Senate President however commiserated with the people of Barkin Ladi Local Governement Area and the Government of Plateau State over the weekend attack on some of the communities. He prayed for the repose of the deceased and for Almighty God to grant the injured swift recovery.
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