This Day (Lagos)

17 January 2013

Nigeria: Jos Killings - FG, Military Charged to Investigate Soldiers Complicity

The Berom Youth Molders (BYM) has called on the Federal Government to urgently address the protracted security challenges in Riyom, Barkin Ladi and Jos South Local Government Areas of Plateau State before it gets out of hands.

The group, which addressed the press in Jos Wednesday, also stressed that if the ugly trend is allowed to continue unabated, the doom of the Berom nation was imminent.

The chairman of the group, Rwang Dantong, said the spate of attacks and killings in the Berom land was becoming worrisome, even as the attacks appeared to be ferocious now than ever.

Dantong said: "When normalcy is about being achieved, pockets of killings occur again and again. With the military Special Task force (STF) not far from the scene.

"The action and inaction of the force make us believe that some of the men of the STF have been recruited as mercenary in this unending violence. The sophisticated arms paraded by the STF last week were not recovered from the youths arrested at Du but perhaps from previous exercises but they just want to make the victims look like the aggressors."

He said the STF keeps claiming that "unknown gunmen" carried out attacks and disappeared without arrest and the confidence of the people are getting waned over the ability or the determination of the force to end the violence in the areas.

Dantong, therefore, called on the military high command to begin a comprehensive investigation on the complicity of some of its men in the Jos crisis and indeed elsewhere with a view of bringing them to book.

"The Berom people are peace loving people and want to stay in peace with whoever that decides to stay with us," he added.

Recently, there have been renewed killings in the area last week it was in Du village leaving two dead, and on Monday night, four persons were killed by unknown attackers in Riyom.

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