Yoruba Community Laments Loss of Members, Property to Jos Violence

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Simon Bako Lalong

By Seriki Adinoyi in Jos

The Yoruba community in Northern Nigeria has lamented the incessant violence in Jos, Plateau State, leading to the loss of lives and properties amongst its members.

Last week, Jos erupted into violence, leading to the death of several persons. Most hit by the violence were Nasarawa Gwom, Tina Junction, Angwa Rukuba, and Dutse-Uku communities that are dominated by the Yoruba in the state.

A statement signed by the President General of the group, Alhaji Abdulhakeem Ayinde Aka, said the community frowned upon “frequent attack on its people who are enterprising, known for peace, and law abiding”.

Aka said: “The Yoruba community is known to keep cordial relationship with their host communities and indeed other communities in Plateau and Nigeria in general, and thus shouldn’t suffer attacks and losses for no reason.”

While commending the efforts of the state government, security apparatus, community and religious leaders for arresting the recent violence in Jos, Aka charged all stakeholders to always be proactive to avert such unfortunate incidents.

According to him, “The Yoruba community sees the wanton killings of innocent citizens and destruction of properties as inhumanity to humanity, barbaric and very unfortunate, especially with the tireless efforts of security agencies and community leaders towards restoring peace in Plateau State.

“We commensurate with the Executive Governor of the state, Hon Simon Bako Lalong, Council of Chiefs, the residents and the entire people of Plateau State over the ugly incidents that happened especially in Jos North, Bassa, and Riyom Local Government Area.”