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Reps Raise Alarm Over Herdsmen Invasion, Occupation Of 45 Plateau Communities

Members of the House of Representatives, from Plateau State, Hon. Gyang Istifanus Dung and Johnbull Shakarau, have raised the alarm over what they termed “an invasion” of 45 communities in the state by alien herdsmen. The lawmakers therefore appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari and leadership of the National Assembly to save their people from the hands of foreign killer herdsmen.

 

Representing Barikinladi/Riyon Federal Constituency of Plateau state, Hon. Gyang who moved the first motion warned that if proactive measures are not taken, these communities would be wiped out totally. He drew the attention of his colleagues to atrocities the herdsmen have committed in the communities, where so many people have been killed.

 

“Last weeks two district heads had their palaces destroyed. One was burnt to asses. I am pleading with President Buhari to help save my constituency from been turned into cattle colony,” he said.

 

He revealed that new settlements by foreigners are springing up in communities where indigenes were chased out by attackers.

 

According to him, those being targeted are the ones who had earlier been chased from the communities and who were beginning to settle down to a normal life after returning from IDP camps around the state.

 

In a related development, the House of Representatives yesterday urged the President to setup a committe similar to that of the North East Zone to intervene and rehabilitate individuals, communities and public infrastructure affected by the crisis.

 

The resolution of the House was referred to the Committee on Special Duties.

Mover of the motion, titled: “call for rehabilitation of victims of Jos crisis,” Hon. Johnbull Shekarau, noted that Plateau state has suffered series of ethno-religious crisis in recent past resulting in the loss of hundreds of lives and destruction of public infrastructure and private properties worth hundreds of billions of Naira.

 

He said several efforts were made involving the local, state and federal government in collaboration with spirited individuals and organisations within and outside the country to bring back lasting peace in the state. “With the return of peace in the state, activities are yet to return to nomalcy as the pains and frustrations left behind are felt by inhabitants due to lack of coordinated intervention to rehabilitate victims and rebuild communities affected by the prolonged crisis.

 

“Efforts to include Pleatue and Kano state in the North East Development Commission and the Presidential Initiative on the North East Zone were unsuccessful due to geographical location despite similar experiences.”

 

The lawmaker, however, noted that the absence of a coordinated intervention and rehabilitation effort in a post crisis era has seriously affected the pace of recovery and reintegration of individuals and the rebuilding of damage infrastructure in communities, thereby deepening the suffering and heightening frustration among inhabitants.

 

Both motions were unanimously adopted and passed via voice vote, having being put to question by the presiding Speaker, Yakubu Dogara.

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