A Group, under the uspices of Irigwe Development Association and Stefano Foundation has called on relevant stakeholders to be sincere is pursuit of lasting peace on the Plateau, even as it revealed that 548 people were killed and 202 injured since 2018.
Addressing a world press conference on Monday in Abuja, the Program Coordinator of Stefanos Foundation, Mark Lipdo said, “beyond those killed and injured, 7,576 houses were burnt and 5,801 farms destroyed.”
He further revealed that the orgy of bitterness was further heightened, recently, when between 30th July, 2021 and 3rd August, 70 people were killed, while over 250 houses burnt by those he described as militant Fulani herdsmen. “It is unfortunate that, without thorough investigation, the Plateau State Police Public Relation Officer, ASP Uba Gabriel Ogaba hastily attributed the August 14 killing on Rukuba road to Irigwe militia, which is not only unfounded but malicious and capable of inflaming further violence.”
Also speaking, the president of Irigwe Development Association, Prince Robert Rigye Ashi Dodo explained that on that faithful black Saturday, when the dastardly killings on Rukuba road took place, the Irigwe People converged at the Plateau Hospital to evacuate six corpses of the 70 people killed for burial, hence preposterous to allege that it was Irigwe militia that carried out the killings.
Prince Robert Rigye Ashi Dodo denied any knowledge of Peace Accord, “The news making the rounds that Irigwe Development Association has signed a Peace Accord with Fulani at the Plateau State Government House false.”
The Group tasked the Plateau State government under the leadership of Simon Lalong Bako to arrest the criminals behind serial killings in the state and urged continuous prayer for a lasting peace on the Plateau.