By Taiye Obateru
JOS—NO fewer than five persons were killed in the Plateau State capital, yesterday, in another violence which was sparked off by the burial of some of those killed in last weekend’s attack on Mazah, near Jos.

Eye witnesses said emotions ran high after the burial as some angry youths took to the streets attacking people around Angwan Rukuba. The action sparked reprisals in Dutse Uku and Nasarawa Gwom areas resulting in deaths in both areas.

The leader of the Anaguta community in Jos was said to have been killed at his residence in Dutse Uku area by hoodlums who reportedly torched his residence.

The commotion generated by the violence threw the city into another confusion which forced people to shut down their businesses and run from the flash points.

However, the special task force maintaining security in the state rose to the occasion and prevented the situation from worsening.  The soldiers prevented youths who had gathered around Nasarawa Gwom to launch reprisal attacks from doing so.

Spokesman of the task force, Lt. Col. Kingsley Umoh, however, told Vanguard that he was yet to get details of casualties, adding that he would make them available in due course.

Meanwhile, a member representing Jos South/East Federal Constituency, Mr. Bitrus Kaze, has urged  the Federal Government to review the current security arrangement in the state in view of the continued orgy of violence.

Reacting to the recent attacks of Mazah and Atagir villages, Kaze said in a press statement, that it was disheartening that the security challenges in Plateau had not attracted the same decisiveness as in other parts of the country.

He said: “I join all well_meaning citizens of Plateau State in condemning, in the strongest terms possible, the barbaric attacks on citizens of Mazah and Atajir villages.

The onslaught on the law abiding citizens of Mazah and Atajir and its attendant fatalities brings to over 40, the number of villages that have suffered similar fate and nearly 1000 casualties since the declaration of the military take_over of the maintenance of law and order in Plateau State by the GOC, Maj. Gen. Saleh Maina on Thursday, January 21, 2010.

“In Abia State, notwithstanding that the Police IG, Mr. Ogbona Onovo had deployed over 10,000 policemen and had relocated to South East within less than a week of the recent kidnap saga of four journalists. The security breach drew Presidential ire that nearly cost the Police boss his job in addition to the threats for an emergency rule on the entire South East.

“In Jos, however, despite the abysmal failure to protect lives and property since the military take_over of security operations on the plateau exactly half a year ago, endless calls on the Federal Government to overhaul security strategy in Jos and Plateau State have fallen on deaf ears.”

Kaze who described the declaration of 30 days of prayer and fasting by the Governor Jonah Jangais timely, noted that “the Constitution of Nigeria 1999 as well as International Conventions guarantee our rights to self-defence.

The reported bravery of the people of Atajir in chasing away their assailants ahead of arrival of the men of the STF effectively averted any human casualty and provided a lawful example of self-defence.”


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