Over 150 people killed in one Plateau LGA in three weeks, says governor



Caleb Mutfwang, governor of Plateau, says at least 150 people have been killed in Mangu LGA of the state in the last three weeks.


Speaking on Friday in an interview with Channels Television, Mutfwang said four persons were murdered in the LGA on Thursday night.


Over the past few months, some LGAs in Plateau have witnessed a spate of violent attacks, resulting in fatalities and displacement.


In May, Solomon Maren, a member of the house of representatives from Plateau, said over 100 people were killed in two days during overnight attacks in his constituency — Mangu/Bokkos.


The Plateau governor said 80 percent of the incidents are “pure genocide”, adding that over 30,000 people have been displaced.


He said reports from the communities indicate that the perpetrators of the violent attacks are “foreign mercenaries”.


 “Last night, four people were killed in Mangu. Conservatively, I will put it that in the last three weeks, we have buried not less than 150 people in Mangu local government,” he said.


“And as I am talking to you we have no less than 30,000 people scattered in various IDP camps that we are having to deal with now.”


Commenting on his meeting with President Bola Tinubu, the Plateau governor said the president has the “political will” to deal with the security challenges in the state.


“I had the privilege and honour to have a meeting with Mr President at very short notice. The meeting centred around the challenges of security in the Plateau and I found Mr President full of listening ears and determination to deal with the issues. I think it is going to be a welcome change,” he said.


 “The response of Mr President is reassuring and his understanding of the problem was quite comforting. Certainly, Mr President is showing that he has a political will to deal with the issues.”

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