Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Plateau villages still under siege, state lawmaker cries out


Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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A lawmaker representing Barakin-Ladi constituency in the Plateau State House of Assembly, Peter Gyendeng, has said that the communities attacked by the Fulani herdsmen are still under siege as most survivors of the unfortunate incident are still stranded and displaced.

Mr Gyendeng, who spoke with Tribune online, said that the security operatives confounded the situation by insisting that dead ones must be buried in the villages where the incident occurred.

The lawmaker, therefore, wished that the people of the affected villages were to be allowed to give their dead ones a befitting burial.

He “There are burial rites which need to be followed before any dead bodies could be buried but that was not done.

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“The security agencies insisted that they must be buried where the incident occurred.

“For this reason, we are not allowed to bring out our loved ones who were killed in the attack for befitting burial.

“All the affected villages are still under siege as at the time I am talking to you, the survivors and some of those who sustained injuries are stranded, they want to come out.

“We are appealing to the security agencies to help us bring them out, some need treatment and there might be epidemic “he said.

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When contacted the State Police Public Relation Officer, DSP Tyopev Mathias Terna said he was not aware that security agencies in the state were given order not to allow people to access affected villages.

Meanwhile, a new Commissioner of Police, Bala Ciroma has assumed duty as the commissioner of police plateau state command following removal of Jeremiah Adie Udeie who has been deployed to the force headquarters in Abuja.

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According to a statement signed by the state Police Public Relation Officer, Tyopev Mathias Terna, before he took over as the Commissioner of Police, Mr Ciroma was the deputy commissioner of police in the criminal investigation and intelligence department, FCT Abuja.

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He was one time the Head of Operation, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC Abuja.

The statement said that Mr Ciroma had worked in virtually all the six geo-political zones of the country and in all the departments in the Nigeria Police Force.

The redeployment of the Jeremiah Adie Udeie is coming barely two days after he released a figure that eighty-sixes people were killed in the attack in Barakin Ladi local government area of the state.

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