Over 1,000 people have been rendered homeless in two villages, Dakum and Jol in Riyom local government area of Plateau State following an invasion on Friday night by unknown assailants suspected to be Fulani herdsmen, who torched at least 30 houses and killed two aged women in the attack on Dakum and Jol villages.
The attack came barely 24 hours after the Special Task Force, said about 17 people were killed while 25 cows were either stolen or killed in the same area in the past one week.
The new onslaught came barely 24 hours after the Special Task Force, said about 17 people were killed while 25 cows were either stolen or killed in the same area in the past one week.
The attack is believed to be a continuation of the hostilities between the Berom and Fulani which has resulted in an upsurge in attack and counter attacks in recent weeks.
Majority Leader in the Plateau State House of Assembly, Mr. Daniel Dem, who represents the area, described the killings and burning of houses as saddening and said the villages have been deserted as the people fled for safety.
“We are tired of this kind of events, as I am talking to you now, arrangement is being made to mobilise riot policemen to the area to collaborate with STF operatives and beef up security.
“Sincerely, I want the security agencies to be up and doing to ensure that permanent peace is restore to the area,” Dem said.
The lawmaker called on the National and State Emergency Management Agencies to visit the affected villages and supply relief material to the displaced people.
“We don’t know what we are going to do now, the entire village with over 1,000 population has been displaced, their homes have been burnt down completely by the suspected Fulani. We really need the attention of the Federal Government,” he said.
Dem said the displaced villagers were taking refuge at Hoss Primary School while some had fled to Barkin-Ladi Local Government Area of the state.