By Christiana Gokyo, Jos
PLATEAU STATE: Over 2000 people in Plateau state have been displaced as a result of different attacks within Bokkos and Maiyago.
Conscience Triumph learnt that 23 people were killed and have so far been buried, following multiple attacks in Josho communities of Daffo District in Bokkos LGA, Plateau state, that have persisted since last Wednesday by herdsmen.
A source told our correspondent that 23 corpses were recovered between Friday and Saturday, just as many were burnt, while several other victims survived with injuries.
Another source, a former LGA chairman in Bokkos, Zakka Akos, who hails from Daffo however said “There was a mass burial of 18 people on Friday and another burial today, Saturday, though a lesser number.”
Current chairman of Bokkos LGA, Simon Angyol, and a top ranking cleric in COCIN church, however, said death toll as of Saturday was 16 people.
A cleric in Daffo, however, gave a different figure as 17 persons confirmed dead, while five villages – Nghakudung, Morok, Hottom, Wareng and Ganda – were destroyed.
Another source also said “in Daffo, search is still on to find more corpses because many people are still missing.”
With this situation, the Plateau state government has vowed to do “everything possible” to track down the criminals.
Commissioner for Information in Platea, Yakubu Datti, while reacting in an interview with Conscience Triumph said “The governor has commiserated with the people of Bokkos over the dastardly act carried out by criminal elements. As far as we are concerned, anyone, who doesn’t respect human lives, is a criminal.”
Hon. Datti regretted that state governments have no control over security, but assured the state governor was working towards providing logistical support to enable federal troops carry out a clean job.
“The governor, though chief security officer of the state, has no control over security. We can only provide logistical support,” he stated.
According to him, 40 patrol vehicles have been purchased for use by Police and would soon be launched. “We have 40 patrol vehicles soon to be launched by the IG, and the security agencies have been mobilized to take care of the situation,” he said.
Datti however pleaded with members of the public to provide useful information to securities to enable them function effectively.