The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) issued a cautionary statement, on Monday, urging against retaliatory actions in response to the ongoing acts of violence in Mangu and Riyom Local Government Areas of Plateau State.
According to the latest report from CAN, approximately 130 individuals lost their lives in the preceding week, with 1,000 structures consumed by fire and 22 villages impacted.
The President of CAN, Archbishop Daniel Okoh, expressed grave concern in a statement issued in Abuja, where he addressed the nation regarding the alarming escalation of senseless killings of innocent citizens in the Mangu and Riyom Local Government Areas of Plateau State, Nigeria.
“The killings, which started in Mangu villages on Monday, May 15, 2023, by so-called unknown gunmen have claimed many lives and property with many persons still missing.
“The villages affected include Fungzai, Hale, Kubwat, Bwoi, and many other communities of the Kombun District of Mangu Local Government Area and some communities in the Riyom Local Government Area.
“According to reports, about 130 people were killed, about 1,000 buildings burnt and about 22 villages affected. We condemn these barbaric acts in the strongest terms possible. It is disheartening to see innocent citizens being killed and their properties destroyed in such a gruesome manner.
“While we appreciate the efforts of the security forces to maintain peace, we call on the government and law enforcement agencies to bring the perpetrators of these heinous acts to justice and to ensure the protection of lives and property of all citizens.
“As a religious leader, I implore all parties involved to embrace peace and dialogue as a means of resolving their differences.
Violence only begets more violence and we must break this cycle if we are to build a peaceful and prosperous society.”
In the Daika town of Panyam district, Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State, a tragic incident occurred on Sunday night, resulting in the unfortunate deaths of four men.
However, no official confirmation has been provided by any security agency as the Police Public Relations Officer, Alfred Alabo, could not be reached for comment at the time of this publication.
A resident named Manasseh Bamshak reported that the incident took place at 11 p.m.
The local council has been grappling with repeated attacks in various communities, prompting residents to take proactive measures to safeguard their homes.