Irigwe community laments persistent killings in their area

By Christiana Gokyo, Jos

Irigwe community in Bassa local government of plateau state has said the recent ugly scenario of killings of their members, which has continued unhindered, has left in its wake sorrow, tears and despair in the land.

President of Irigwe Development Association (IDA), Hon. Sunday Abdu, made the disclosure shortly after the burial of 4 children that were killed in their home last Saturday at Miango in Bassa local government council of the state.

He said, “We have cried out to security agencies to rise to their call, but it will interest you to know that some of this attacks occurred just a few meters from the security check points!”

Hon Abdu lamented that, “but the soldiers would rather stay glued to these check points, even against distress calls and offer of intelligence by our people.”

He called on the plateau state government to stop propaganda that ‘there is peace in the state,’ and rather take proactive steps at ending the annihilation of Irigwe people, which significance is only to be considered in the coming elections.

According to, they have continued to cry out to the international community, civil rights groups, press and plateau people to mount pressure on federal and the state government to wake up to their duties of protecting lives and properties of the people.

Hon. Abdu lamented that “The carnage has continued. Does it mean our voices and cries are have not been heard?”

He maintained that the stance of government officials in the state was indeed an insult on the innocence of rural dwellers, who have not known sleep in a long time now, nor are able to carry out their farming activities.

“The areas of these attacks are Rafin Bauna, Dutsen Kura, Parke, Mariri, Katume and Rafiki area. Security agents have never taken time to comb these areas, but keep saying they have not received orders.

“Today, we buried 4 children. Two days ago, it was from La’akeh, and Monday by 7pm 25 persons were killed, 4 sustained serious injuries and are hospitalized, and some are still missing in Dudun Village, boundary of Kaduna and Plateau states.”

“We have a ‘rescue government’ in the state; this is the time to show it,” he said, and urged Mr President to take a careful look at the petition they have sent to his office with a view to intervene.

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