Over 100 people killed in Plateau in 48 hours — Lawmaker raises alarm
Solomon Maren, a member of the House of Representatives, claims that over 100 people have been killed by terrorists in Plateau State in the last 48 hours.
Mr Maren, who represents the Mangu/Bokkos federal constituency in the North-central state, stated this at a press conference held on Wednesday at the National Assembly Complex in Abuja.
He claimed the killings occurred in his constituency during attacks on villages in the area at various times.
According to the lawmaker, the attackers also set fire to houses, farms, and agricultural inputs, bringing the death toll in the last four months to 200.
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Mr. Maren expressed dissatisfaction with the federal government’s efforts to provide security for the people of the state. He claimed that the military was ill-equipped to combat terrorists.
“I believe it is appropriate at this time to inform the world about the unfortunate events in my constituency, Mangu/Bokkos federal constituency of Plateau state.” Over the last two days, over 100 people, mostly women and children, have been massacred and butchered in cold blood by terrorists during an unprovoked overnight attack, and their homes have been burned down, including food, food barns, and seedlings.
“These killings are just one of many in the constituency, where over 200 people have been killed in the four months leading up to this one.”
“The government may claim to be doing its best, but it is not good enough, as it has been unable to stop the killings for years.” “However, I commend the few gallant officers who, despite having insufficient arms, gave their lives to save others,” he said.
Mr Maken also chastised President Muhammadu Buhari for failing to condemn the terrorists’ heinous acts.
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Mr Maren urged relevant government agencies to provide relief material for the victims in order to provide relief for the victims.
“While urging broad support, I condemn the attack in its entirety and urge calm; no one should take the law into their own hands.”
“I commiserate with the government and people of Plateau State, Miskhakam Mwagavul, the Governor-Elect of Plateau State, and indeed the Chairman of Mangu LGA on the attack, and pray for the repose of the souls of those killed,” he said.
Mr. Buhari, who ran on a platform of combating insecurity in 2015, is set to leave office after eight years as president. However, under his leadership, the security situation has not improved.