At least 160 people have been killed in Plateau State in recent village attacks, according to local authorities. Violent attacks, originating in Bokkos and extending to Barkin Ladi, resulted in at least 30 casualties, according to the local chairman, Danjuma Dakil. The death toll sharply increased from the army’s initial report of 16 casualties.
“As many as 113 people have been confirmed killed as Saturday hostilities persisted to the early hours of Monday,” the head of the local government in Bokkos, Plateau State, Monday Kassah, said.
“Well-coordinated attacks were launched in not fewer than 20 different communities. We found more than 300 wounded people who were transferred to hospitals in Bokkos, Jos, and Barkin Ladi,” he said.
The Red Cross reported 104 deaths across 18 villages in the Bokkos region. Additionally, a member of the state parliament, Dickson Chollom, reported at least 50 casualties in several villages in the Barkin Ladi area. Chollom condemned the attacks and urged prompt action from the security forces.
“We will not succumb to the tactics of these merchants of death. We are united in our pursuit of justice and lasting peace,” Chollom said.
On Sunday, Plateau State Governor Caleb Mutfwang condemned the violence, calling it “barbaric, brutal, and unjustified.”
“Proactive measures will be taken by the government to curb ongoing attacks against innocent civilians,” said Gyang Bere, the governor’s spokesperson. Gunfire could still be heard late Monday afternoon, according to a source from the region.
A resident of Mushu village, Markus Amordu, said people were sleeping when shots rang out.
“We were scared because we weren’t expecting an attack. People hid, but the assailants captured many of us. Some were killed, others wounded.”
Amnesty International has since taken to X (formerly Twitter) to criticise the government in light of these attacks, stating that “the Nigerian authorities have been failing to end frequent deadly attacks on rural communities in Plateau State.”