While those charged with securing the country are preoccupied with party politics, the killings in Jos continued unabated as 19 persons, including a family of seven, babies and children were slaugtered by suspected to be Fulani herdsmen in a midnight attack on Ariri community in Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State.
Four other persons were severly wounded in the Wednesday attack on the community, eyewitnesses said.
Those killed are, James Chochu (60), Wah Danladi (35), Alaska Danladi (2), Washi Danladi (7), Abigail Danladi (30), Talatu Danladi (8), Mali Wah (35), Gado Danladi (7), Bulus Danladi (12), Ahmadu Mali (70) and Monday Kura (10).
Others are Lami Monday (12), Laraba Samila (40), Wah Samila (15), Eweh Samila (9), Eze Samila (18), Akwe Samila (6) and Juma Azumi Mali (30), who died on the way to the hospital.
Those injured and still hospitalized as at the time of filing this report include, Samila Wah (40), Laraba Oska (55), Mama Amadu (60) and Jumai Mali (30) were injured and hospitalised.
This attack comes a day after 13 persons were also killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen during a midnight attack on Riyom Local Government Areas of Plateau State.
The Ariri community invaders wore black clothes, shouting Allah Akbar. They were speaking Hausa and Fulani languages and after the attack, they fled. People were massacred and we are now helpless. The killing is barbaric; about 19 people died. We don’t know our offences which provoked the killings,” a member of the community told the Punch.
The spokesperson for the Miango Youths Development Association, Lawrence Zongo, also told the newspaper, “Again, Fulani gunmen have killed 18 people in Ariri village of Miango District in Bassa LGA of Plateau State. Four persons sustained serious injuries including the youth leader of Ariri, who are now receiving treatments at the Enos Hospital, Miango.
“The Fulani people have declared war on the Plateau. They are achieving their plans through genocidal attacks and killing of citizens. We are always in security meetings without results. No investigation to arrest the criminals. Now Ariri village has been displaced.
“We are calling on the Amnesty International, the global community and Red Cross to please come to our aid. We need your help and assistance. We are losing hope in the government.”
The spokesperson for Plateau State Police Command, Matthias Tyopev, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, said the Commissioner of Police, Undie Adie, had condemned the attack when he visited the scene.
As usual, investigation had commenced he said and promised to track down the perpetrators of the crime.