By Ralph Madugu
Youth of the three indigenous ethnic groups in Jos North under the umbrella of AFIANABER have advised the Federal and Plateau State Governments to beef up security around volatile in Jos North LGA to forestall further occurrence of violent attacks.
In a press statement signed by the trio of Joseph Arin, Chairman Afizere Youth Movement, Deacon Moses Dawang, President, Anaguta Youth Movement and
Yakubu Dung Pam, Chairman, Berom Youth Movement, made available to newsmen in Jos, the youth specifically listed Bauchi Junction, University of Jos, T and T Junction, Kunga and Gidan Mai Jagap as the volatile areas.
The youth leaders expressed dismay that rather than mobilizing adequate security operatives to the affected areas, soldiers and other securities were sent to Angwan Rukuba to molest innocent citizens in the aftermath of the attacks in some parts of the metropolis.
Regardless of their faiths and where they come from, the youths condemned the recent killings, maiming and massacre of innocent citizens within Jos and its environs stating that within the period of two weeks alone, over one hundred people lost their lives in Jos North LGA ranging from Attacks and counter attacks.
They added that the recent skirmishes resulted to the killing of innocent people including the students of the University of Jos
The statement read in part: “We want to state it clearly with equivocation that, these attacks, mowing of crops, land grabbing in Jos North, is being perpetrated by the suspected Fulani Bandits who graze their cattle on our crops, forceful seizure of our lands and subsequently launch attacks. Just yesterday, over thirty-six people were massacred by these marauders in Yalwa Zangam and the brutal way they carried this heinous act, a bridge was destroyed in order to hinder securities access to rescue the community.
“In this sad development, we are calling on our people to rise and defend themselves within the tenets of law, before we will all perish from the hands of the attackers. All communities should intensify efforts and rejig Community police, hunters and vigilantes. They should be properly equipped to carry their duties effectively as well as gather enough intelligence to prevent further unprovoked attacks.
“The Major constitutional responsibility of Government at all levels is to Secure the lives and property of her citizens, but with the killings in Dong and Yesterday’s attack and killing of over 36 innocent people in Yalwa Zangam. Government have not been able to secure her citizens.
Making a case for victims of the recent attacks, called on governments to provide relief materials to the Yelwa Zangam community, ensure the payment of compensation to victims of the attack or their families as well as settle the medical bills of the injured currently receiving medical attention in hospitals.
While calling on security operatives to ensure the arrest and prosecution of the attackers, the youths also advocated for the reconstruction of the burnt houses and the bridge destroyed prior to the attack.