By Taye Obateru
Jos â€”Â The ShenÂ Development Association in Plateau State under which Dogon Na Hauwa which recently came under attack falls, has faulted the 109 casualty figure given by the police, disclosing that 12 other corpses were discovered after the mass burial of those killed.
President of the association, Mr. Rwang Chuwang, said at a press conference, yesterday, that the figure by the police was grossly underestimated, lamenting that the community was now left with an army of orphans to cater for.
â€œEven though what the state government said is not exact, but the people were killed in hundreds and many are still dying from wounds. We are still recovering dead bodies on daily basis in the community. We now have a community of orphans, widows and widowers and the worst of it all is that business activities have been crippled,â€ he said.
Chuwang reiterated his earlier position that it would be wrong to describe the attack on Dogon Na Hauwa and other villages as a reprisal because they never had any problem with the Fulanis until they left the communities voluntarily after about a hundred years ago.
According to him, â€œit is wrong for anybody to say the attack was a reprisal because we didnâ€™t attack the Fulani herdsmen in the first place before they attacked us. The right phrase to use is genocide.â€
He called for the release of those arrested in Mangu following the attack on villages in Jos South and Barkin Ladi Local Government areas for being in possession of firearms, adding that the people had to rise to defend themselves when they heard that the attackers were on their way to their communities.
He commended the Afizere people for assisting to arrest some of the fleeing assailants and handing them over to security agents.