Plateau Massacre: Stories of Horror and Loss

Plateau Massacre: Stories of Horror and Loss

Violence Strikes Over 30 Plateau Communities

In a terrible series of attacks that felt like a never-ending nightmare, more than 30 communities in Plateau State, including Bokkos, Mangu, and Barkin Ladi local government areas, experienced a horrifying wave of violence from December 23rd to 25th. The aftermath was devastating – almost 200 lives were lost, over 1,000 homes were burned, and 88 people were hospitalized in Bokkos alone.

Survivors Share Terrifying Experiences

Among the survivors was Mrs. Uren Matthew, who tragically lost her son in the brutal incident. She described the terrifying experience of pretending to be dead to escape the attackers. Another survivor, Mercy Makut, talked about the chaotic scene near a stream where attackers shot and attacked people. Makut was so desperate to escape that she didn’t even realize her two-month-old baby had fallen from her back.

Evangelist John Mahan also shared his account, revealing the devastating loss of a close friend and over 20 church members. The attackers targeted communities that were preparing for Christmas celebrations, leaving behind destruction and despair.

Empty Promises: Calls for Government Action

Despite mass burials and visits from federal, state, and local government representatives, survivors expressed their dissatisfaction with what they saw as empty promises. The victims called for real action, urging the three levels of government to work together and ensure that the perpetrators face justice.

Government Officials Promise Justice and Assistance

Vice President Senator Kashim Shettima, accompanied by top security officials, visited survivors in Bokkos. He assured the affected communities that the federal government, led by President Tinubu, would not allow the violence to continue. Shettima expressed deep regret and vowed to bring the perpetrators to justice.

“The government is here to deliver justice,” declared Shettima. “We won’t rest until you get justice and until you are safe. We will use all our resources to bring those responsible to justice.”

Tinubu Approves Relief Support for Plateau Victims

State Governor Caleb Mutfwang echoed the commitment to end the cycle of violence, promising that his administration would ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice.

Citizens Demand Action

Despite these assurances, citizens remain skeptical, hoping that these promises will not be broken like previous commitments. The survivors’ collective plea for justice and safety resonates as they struggle to cope with the aftermath of the horrific attacks. The Plateau State government faces the urgent task of turning promises into concrete actions to rebuild shattered lives and communities.

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