By Luka Binniyat
JOS â€” The natives of Mazah, an isolated village lying on a valley surrounded by rugged hills, 7 kilometres East of Jos, the capital of Plateau State, are still apprehensive over potential attacks by marauding night men, who killed 6 children and a
75-year-old grandfather and set the village ablazeÂ on July 17.
Speaking to Middle Belt Dialogue Group, which led some Non-Governmental Organisations on a fact-finding mission toÂ the village on Sunday, they said they are still as vulnerable as ever.
Mazah village, inhabited by the Anaguta speaking tribe, said their attackers came from across the rough dark hills from the eastern boundary with Bauchi State, and that they no longer sleep at night for fear of being taken unawares.
The National President of Anaguta Development Association, Mr. Pius Gimba, told the visitors that the attack on the villageÂ was another form of Jihad launched on the village with the connivance of some people in Abuja.
Mr. Pius, however, absolved the Plateau State government from any blame, while pointing accusing fingers at â€œthose who allowed weapons imported for the use of Nigerian military to find their ways into the hands of the invadersâ€