20 October 2020 by Josiah Buzun
A group, the Front line Communities of Terror Attacks in Plateau State has called on the State Government to seek for alternative approach of solving the crisis in the State, as dialogue between Community and Fulani leaders was counterproductive.
Addressing Journalists in Jos, leader of the group Benjamin Shaweng flanked by some officials said there is no herders- farmers Clash in the State, instead the State is under siege by terror machinery and called on the Federal and State Governments to do the needful.
The group noted that the people are still afraid of going to their farms thereby affecting their source of livelihood and demanded an end to the increasing number of Internally Displaced persons and where such exist, Government must be seen to be meeting their needs in all ramifications.
Shewang also called on Government to ensure that all individuals and groups living on lands forcefully collected be ejected immediately and returned to the rightful owners.
They demanded for an end to the imposition of caretaker leadership in Barkin-Ladi, Riyom, Jos South and Jos North Local Government Areas and called for immediate conduct of Local Government election in the Areas.
Shaweng frowned at situations where suspects are arrested and later released without prosecution and stressed the need for security Agencies in the State to be given free, unfettered and unrestricted environment to operate.
The group expressed support for Community policing but insisted that the communities should be consulted because they know their people, instead of the practice of choosing people of questionable character to be used by Politicians to achieve their selfish ambitions.
They said over 80 people have been killed in the last one month, with 56 villages sacked.