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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

5 Unforgettable Mass Killings In Plateau State

The past few days have been turbulent and unforgettable for the residents of Plateau State especially those of Riyom, Barkin Ladi and Jos South as a good number of persons were, reportedly, killed by unknown rampaging, murderous men who swept through these environs like wildfire from the night of Saturday 23 June 2018.

The first victims of these killings were said to be mourners returning from a funeral. Many of the over 100 that have been reported dead are women and children.

This is not the first time things like these are happening in Plateau as we will see in the list below.

1. 2001

Jos, 2001, tensions arising from an obviously minor misunderstanding soon escalated into violent clashes leading to the ultimate demise of about 1000 persons; Christians and Muslims inclusive. The cause - a Christian lady was said to have tried to cross the road through a group of Muslims during Friday prayers. It came soon after a Hausa Muslim was given a relatively minor post in the local council as “poverty eradication coordinator,” inflaming local ethnic tensions.

2. 2004

In February 2004, allegations of cattle theft led to the murder of around 700 Muslims and Christians in the city of Yelwa. Earlier, Muslim Hausa-Fulani in Yelwa killed 49 Christians who had taken refuge in a church, wrote the BBC.

Later, what happened will be appropriately termed 'REVENGE'. According to reports, "some of the militia - who came from four neighbouring Christian ethnic groups - were stripped to the waist and painted black with charcoal. Others, the eyewitnesses said, wore military and police uniform.

The attackers went from house to house looking for people to kill, looting property and burning building. Three mosques in this predominantly Muslim town were destroyed.

3. 2008

Following the inability of the electoral body to announce the results of a local election that was held that period and the ensuing rumour that a Christian had won it, there arose unrest in that area. Several hundred more people of both religions were killed.

The resultant two days of rioting led to the death of at least 761 people, and homes, mosques, churches and schools were damaged or burned by mobs. The Nigerian Red Cross Society reported that 10,000 people fled their homes due to the riots, and were living in government-provided shelters. Nigerian soldiers were sent into Jos to break up the fighting and create a buffer zone between the Christians and Muslims. Flights to and from Jos were cancelled and roads to the north were blocked.

4. January 2010

In January 2010, hundreds of people were killed in sectarian clashes in and around Jos, including a massacre on January 19, 11 of more than 150 Muslims in the nearby town of Kuru Karama. On March 7, at least 200 Christians were massacred in Dogo Nahawa and several nearby villages. A weekend slaughter led to the death of around 150 members of the Hausa Muslim community by Christian mobs in Kuru Karama, south of Jos, in January 2010. Some residents think the January attack may have played a part in the March massacre.

5. 2010

In nine months, that is between March and December 2010, more than 120 people died in smaller-scale attacks and reprisal killings leading up to the Christmas Eve bombings and renewed sectarian clashes.

Sources: Vanguard, BBC, Wikipedia, Google Map, Linda Ikeji