A coalition of civil society organisations operating in Plateau State has appealed to security agents to fish out those behind the recent attack on a community in Mangu Local Government Area of the state.
The coalition, under the aegis of Conferences of Plateau State Peace Builders Network and Global Peace and Life Rescue Initiative (GOPRI), expressed sadness that some unscrupulous elements want to set the state back on fire despite the progress made by the Operation Safe Haven, OPSH, in restoring peace on the Plateau.
On Sunday, some unknown gunmen killed 10 persons in Kulben, a community in Kombum District of Mangu.
The hoodlums reportedly attacked the community around 10 p.m.
It was gathered that the prompt intervention of men of Operation Safe Haven, who rushed to the community after receiving reports of the incident, prevented more killings and reprisal attacks.
Condemning the attack, the coalition described the action of the gunmen as heinous and barbaric, devoid of human reasoning.
In a statement signed by Amb. Melvin Ejeh, Executive Director of GOPRI, and Dr. Dung Bot, National Coordinator of COPPBN, the coalition urged tasked security agencies to immediately launch a manhunt for the perpetrators to bring them to book.
The coalition also thanked the First Lady of Nigeria, Senator Oluremi Tinubu for her generous financial, material and moral support not only to the families of the victims but also to Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, in Plateau State.
According to the group, Tuesday’s donation of N500 million to victims of the Plateau crises, to be disbursed under the Renewed Hope Initiative and Social Investment Programme, was the first from any First Lady in the history of the country.
Parts of the statement read: “The Conference of Plateau State Peace Builders Network and Global Peace and Life Rescue Initiative(GOPRI), condemned in the strongest terms the barbaric and senseless killing of ten men in Kulben Village of Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State on Sunday by suspected criminals herdsmen, without any known provocation.
“We are surprised that the killings came at a time when all stakeholders working for peace in Plateau State are doing everything possible to restore total peace to the general area.
“Nothing can be more animalistic and barbaric than the actions of these humans with animals heart.
“We urge the security agencies to hunt them down and bring them to account for their actions.
“We wish to profoundly commend the mother of Nigeria, the First Lady of the nation, and the dear wife of our President, for her gigantic and the most empathic donations ever made by the wife of any Nigeria president’s foundation to internally displaced persons in Nigeria.
“We were so moved by her visit and cash donations of N500 million to victims of crises in the state. This has no doubt, further convinced us that President Bola Tinubu and his wife mean well for Nigeria.”