Fulani Attacks: Beroms Flee Villages to Safety

03 May 2012

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Governor Jonah Jang

By Seriki Adinoyi

“We have lost our homes and everything in them. Our sons and daughters have been slain; our husbands can no longer visit their farms; we are in hunger and distress. We would rather flee this village than die here either by the sword of the Fulani herdsmen or in hunger.”

This was the lamentation of Berom women, who have lost virtually all they had to Fulani persistent attacks, as they flee Kak village in Riyom Local Government Area of Plateau State, after a recent attack that claimed the lives of over 10 persons.

Meanwhile, the member representing Riyom constituency in the state House of Assembly, Hon. Daniel Dem, and a team of journalists, who had gone to the affected villages for on-the-spot assessment narrowly escaped death at Kak village when a group of armed Fulani herdsmen attacked the village.

Riyom Local Government has been under Fulani attack in the last three weeks with the recent one being on Monday night when over 10 persons were slain and scores of houses torched. Their representative in the state House of Assembly had therefore led a team of journalists from Jos, the state headquarters, to assess situation.

The lawmaker and the journalists were in the village at about 10:30am yesterday interviewing victims and cross-checking facts with Nigeria Red Cross members when the armed Fulani herdsmen struck again. They hid behind nearby rocks and fired gun shots sporadically into the village.

Dem and the journalists had to abandon their vehicles and ran into the bush to take cover, after which they immediately escaped from the village.

The villagers, who had earlier gathered their luggage to flee the village, were not left behind. The villagers had returned to the village from their displaced camps to evacuate their food stuff and domestic animals when the lawmaker and journalists visited.

Among the journalists who escaped death were Yusufu Aminu of The Nation, Yemi Kosoko of Channels Television, Hilary Kasmir of Nigeria Standard, Samson Omale of Silverbird Television, and their counterparts from the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and the state Radio and Television Corporation (PRTVC).

Dem, who after escaping to safety and could not hold back tears, said: “I have witnessed it live. I thought it was a joke, I never knew this is what my people have been passing through. I had a close shave with death, you newsmen have seen it yourselves that the victims are not just telling lies about their predicament.

“I’m happy no journalist is hurt, but my people are in danger. There is no security to help them out. Government knows about the problem, security agents know of the attacks, but no one is responding to my distress call.

“I mean the Federal Government imposed a state of emergency on this council yet all these things are still happening. The worst the government has done is to withhold the monthly allocation of this local government, such that there is no fund to handle the security challenges.”

“Federal Government has no reason holding monthly allocation of councils under state of emergency. The idea is compounding their problems; it is high time these withheld allocations were released or they should send special funds for emergency administration," he added.

So far, the Fulani have attacked over 10 Berom villages in the last three weeks, with attendant loss of lives. The villages include Tahoss, Bangai, Sopp, Angwa Werem, Dajol, Sho, Dung, Bashit, Fan, Rwa and Gwom.
Residents of the attacked villages have fled to other villages that may also be victims in the near future.

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  • Wen wl dis ataks n kilin stop in nija.anyway d gov shld pls rise up 2 dia responsibility of protectin life n property of her citizen.o Allah save nija frm dis crisis.

    From: Danjuma

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • we reap what we sow

    From: usman

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Lets just watch what the government will do about this incident. Let the government continuou to say they are on top of the situation while insecurity is sinking the people down. I am opstimistic that the Fulanis want to take over the land. That nothwitstanding, folding our hands will not save the situation, we christians must help our brothers (with or without State Of Emergency).

    From: Manret Daniel

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • What is the meaning of state emergency that people are being attacked and killed under the very nose of the STF. Are the STF part of the attackers or they are waiting 4 order from above? The FG should do something or...!

    From: A.G.A

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • This shows that the Nation has failed. Men opted for government to make life secure. Now lives are not secure. It is now he survival of the fittest. We have gone back to the state of nature. This is not good. It does not say good of us. Jonathan has completely failed. He should bow out. He has always told us that government is on top of the situation, yet Nigerians are being slaughtered every day. The worst is the so called government is not doing anything. The rate of looting of public treasury has taken a frightening dimension. Our courts has joined in protecting the theives, and no body is talking. Jonathan has failed. We are doomed to fail.

    From: okechukwu eze

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • It was part of fed govt effort to c dat doz villages are no more in existance, but unfortunately 4 dem there is still ramnant. I want 2 tell dis villages to rise up n defend demselve. The killings will remain barbaric to fed govt unless the pple take the violence by force.

    From: Shut d

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Inasmuch as there is something called self-defence and anticipation, how come the Berom people could not defend themselves despite repeated attacks. they are known to be fearless warriors in those days and l am sure their ancentral warrior blood still run in them. Its either there is a Judas in the equation or some undisclosed factors. I am not into reprisal attack but self defence is acceptable and 1000% allowed! God bless Nigeria.

    From: Peekayhi

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • The incessant attacks on Berom villages has escalated.The Federal Government has placed the Local Government under Emergency rule,yet these heinous attacks are recurring.I suggest that the military should put the locality under 24 hour surveillance to curb this.

    From: Kessim

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • I advice all the indigenes of Riyom to stop running away. They shuld stay and defend their lands. Don't wait for any security agency coz no one will come to your rescue. Use whatever u have, if possible acquire arms and fight back. What we now need in this country is jungle justice. The fulanis have no right over people's heritage and so they also have no right to live. stay and fiht back. use all u have.

    From: abinchi

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Everyone who lived worked or traveled the length and breadth of these villages will agree that the women are mostly the bread winners. For this women who lost their husbands, children and are denied farming (their source livelihood) is most wicked. Where a state of emergency has been declared the security challenges no longer lies in the hands of the council members, the responsibility now lies with either the state Govt or the Federal Govt. Someone sleeping on the steering wheel of government should wake up.

    From: Rev Dr Musa M. Gaiya

    Posted: 3 years ago

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