Insecurity; Kaduna, plateau lost 112 citizens, 160 kidnapped in 30 days.
Amnesty international AI has disclosed that no fewer than 112 persons have lost their lives in Kaduna and plateau states to Banditry even as over 160 were forcibly abducted by unknown gunmen within the month of July.
This is as the leaders of some Fulani herders community in Plateau State put the blame on the Nigerian Authorities and security forces whose failures to stem the tide of killings contributed to the recent retaliatory attacks in the state.
According to Amnesty international“Our findings show that despite clear signs that there will be retaliatory attacks, enough is not being done to prevent the bloodshed, thereby fueling the ongoing circle of violence.
“Beyond issuing statements and condemning attacks after they happened ,government needs to come down heavily in on attackers and bring suspects to justice,” said Osai Ojigho Director Amnesty International Nigeria.
Amnesty International’s investigation shows at least 78 people were killed and 160 abducted by bandits between July 3 and August 5, 2021, in Kaduna State including 121 schoolchildren of Bethel Baptist Church High School.
At least 34 people have been killed in Plateau State, including 7 herders who were attacked on July 1 at Dogon Gaba, 2 others were lynched at Fusa Village while trying to locate their missing cow.
Villagers from farming communities informed Amnesty International that, innocent people and communities that know nothing about the attacks are sometimes targeted for reprisal.
A retaliatory attack on July 31 and August 1, 2021, led to the killing of at least 17 people, and the displacement of hundreds in farming communities in Bassa and Riyom LGAs, Plateau state.
A 39-year-old farmer informed Amnesty international that:
“We have been hearing gunshots in our village since Monday after the attack. We don’t know why we were attacked, I had to relocate to the IDP camp with my family.
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