Plateau killings: IDPs rise to 11,515 with 233 deaths – Report

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A human right group, Stefanos Foundation, has released a report on its fact-finding mission to ascertain the number of deaths and Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, recorded in the recent attacks on communities in Plateau State, Nigeria.

The foundation gave the number of Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs as 11, 515 and were taking refuge in 13 locations in Plateau. It also reported that 233 deaths were recorded in the attack as “those that are badly injured are hospitalized in various medical centers in Jos, with their families left to struggle with the hospital bills.”

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According to the foundation, a total of 233 persons were killed in the two-day attacks carried out by suspected Fulani herdsmen, while “those that are badly injured are hospitalized in various medical centres in Jos, with their families left to struggle with the hospital bills.”

The foundation said despite its prior warning to the government following information reports it received, the attacks still occurred.

In a 14-page report, the foundation, said its assessment team deployed to those communities found that “some of the communities attacked in the past have now been occupied by Fulani herdsmen.”

The report said, “Coordinated military-style attacks ravaged 15 communities in some LGAs of Plateau State from June 23 to June 24, 2018, which resulted to the death of 233 persons with many others injured and several properties destroyed while thousands of villagers were displaced.”

The assessment team led by the Administrator of the foundation, Abraham Hassan, was accompanied by two members, Franco Majok and Joel Vandaspek both from the United States, gathered that “some of the communities attacked in the past have now been occupied by Fulani herdsmen.”

“Over 40 villages have now been completely deserted in the Barkin Ladi and Riyom Local Government Areas as a result of continuous attacks.

“The locals, who are the inhabitants of these communities, have no hope of returning to their homes, rather, new houses belonging to the Fulani are now being sighted to be springing up in the deserted communities.

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The fact-finding team reported that the survivors of the attacks where currently taking refuge in 13 locations.

“These locations include CAC and ECWA in Bokkos, with 260 people; Geosciences complex in Anguldi, with 3, 061 people; Riyom Community Hall, with 300 people; RCC Fan, with 382 people; ECWA Lawuru, with 452 people; and St. John Viani, Barkin Ladi, with 1, 552 people.

“Others are COCIN RCC Heipang, with 3, 026 people; LCC Ban, with 820 people; COCIN Gasa, with 800 people; Karos Barkin- Ladi, with 132 people; LCC Rampiang, Mangu with 400 people and Dorowa Soho Primary School, with 360 people, bringing the total number of displaced to about 11, 515 IDPs,” the report stated.

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