The lawmaker representing Mangu/Bokkos Federal Constituency in Plateau State at the House of Representatives, Solomon Marren, has raised the alarm over the killing of his constituents by suspected herdsmen.
Marren, who addressed journalists in Abuja on Thursday over the killings, alleged ethnic cleansing.
He said, “I am deeply pained and grieved by the recent spate of wanton killings and destruction of properties by suspected herders—the Fulani militia—in Mangu/Bokkos Federal Constituency. This ugly and barbaric killing of innocent, peace-loving, and law-abiding citizens is unfortunate, condemnable, censurable, and of grave concern. I reprobate such a dastardly, wicked, and ungodly act in its entirety.
“We want the world to know that on November 14, 2022, an innocent and law-abiding citizen in Gold village of Butura land was attacked, maimed, and killed while returning from the farm for just no reason.
“Also, on November 15, 2022, a group of militia suspected to be herders, fully armed with sophisticated weapons and ammunition, launched an attack on Maikatako village, also in Butura ward of Bokkos Local Government Area, where they killed and burnt to ashes more than 11 people, injured many, and destroyed property worth millions of naira, as well as left hundreds of people homeless and displaced.
“Furthermore, just yesterday, November 16, 2022, another gruesome attack was meted out on some villages, namely Folloh and Mai Jankai, all in Butura Ward, where many other people lost their lives and houses and property worth millions of naira were equally burnt down by the attackers.”
The lawmaker recalled that four persons were killed in Kulias and three others in Makale, all in Butura, on October 24 and November 8, 2022, respectively, by the same militia.