91 persons killed, 158 injured, 114 houses razed in 1 week in Mangu – Association

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By Golok Nanmwa, Jos

National President of the Mwaghavul Youth Movement, Comrade Sunday Dankaka, on Tuesday said over 91 persons were killed in last week’s violence and killings in Mangu Local Government Council of the state .

Speaking with newsmen in Jos, he said from the 22nd of January till date ,those killed in the crisis in Mangu LGA include 42 women, 37 children and 12 Men .

According to him “158 persons were injured in the attacks and some are still receiving treatment in 8 different hospitals in the LGA further adding that 114 houses were burnt by gunmen.”

Dankaka also added that over 202 shops were burnt and looted with about 9 mosques and 15 Churches affected by the recent violence in Mangu LGA.

Meanwhile a group Equity International has called on the Federal government to intensify humanitarian support to communities that have come under attacks by gunmen in Mangu and Bokkos local government council of Plateau state.

Our correspondent reports that gunmen had on the 24th of December 2023 attacked over 20 communities in Bokkos local government council of Plateau state killing over 200 persons.

Similarly gunmen also attacked some communities in Mangu local government council of the state last week killing several persons and destroying properties.

Equity International said “We are calling on Federal Government and security agencies to immediately reclaim and secure all abandoned farm lands, and abandoned homes so that all the farmers who left their ancestral lands can feel safe to return to their communities and their farm lands.”

“We are also calling on the National Emergency Management Agency to intensify humanitarian support to all the affected communities”, it added.

Ambassador Chris Iyama, who spoke on behalf of Equity International, lamented that at least 230 innocent people within just a month were killed in the state.

He added that “What is most painful about these unfortunate killings is that people were preparing to celebrate Christmas and in the dead of the night, they were slaughtered.”

“The enemies of humanity slaughter women, children and few weeks old new born babies.

“What is more worrisome is that these attacks went on unabated for hours without restraint from security agencies or anyone else.

“As an organisation we condemn this unprovoked attack on humanity, regardless of the reasons behind them”, he added.