Tragedy As Man Loses 16 Family Members In Fulani Herdsmen Attack In Plateau State

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September 16, 2017 – Tragedy As Man Loses 16 Family Members In Fulani Herdsmen Attack In Plateau State

Tragedy struck when suspected Fulani herdsmen invaded Ancha village in Maingo District of Bassa Local Government area of Plateau State, on Friday September 8, 2017.

They left behind on their trails deaths, cries of woe and unending grief. Initially, there were 19 casualties comprising seven men and six women including nursing mothers and six promising children. The following day, their surviving parents and siblings watched and wailed, throwing their hands in the air and wrapping them around their lifeless bodies in utter helplessness and hopelessness as the dead were given mass burial.

Agony of a mother

But the case of 38-year-old Lami Ishaya, a mother of six, is something else. Though she survived the gory killing, right now she is a living dead, a walking corpse. Life has no meaning for her any more as eight members of her family perished in the attack.

The second wife of her husband, 45-year-old Ishaya Amadu, she lost her four biological children, Musa 15, Bala 12, Saty 8, and 5-year-old Friday that fateful night. In addition, she lost her husband, her senior wife, father and mother-in-law.

The scenario that played out on the night of their death is one that is bound to linger for a long time to come. She recalls that the villagers were fast asleep when the harbingers of horror came calling at 1am. Bedlam was let loose everywhere. Amid the confusion that ensued following sustained bursts of gunfire from every direction of the village community, the inhabitants, rudely woken up from sleep, ran as fast as their legs could carry them, without minding lurking danger. In the process, many, especially women, and children were hacked down by the invading herdsmen who were fully armed for the operation.

Lami, who was sleeping in the same room with her two children, said she heard footsteps of the attackers approaching while she was busy trying to wake up her drowsy children so that they could escape. But she never really succeeded as the blood-thirsty assailants kicked open the door and burst into their room. Faced with imminent death, she jumped out through the window while leaving her two children behind.

But she nearly ran back when their cry of agony and shout of her name, earnestly pleading for her to rescue them, became unbearable. She broke down as she sat narrating details of the incident in which her children lost their lives in an unprovoked cold-blooded murder. She recalled how their voices got silent shortly afterward, tearing her heart and soul further apart when it became obvious that they had been killed.

Not done yet,, the attackers went into the room where her husband was sleeping with her other children and the second wife and hacked them to death. She witnessed it all. She heard their cries of agony and earnest pleas for mercy before they were eventually silenced with machete cuts. Her heart was broken many times over. But when she noticed that they were coming towards her direction, she ran farther into the bush.

“I don’t know where to start now that all I laboured for in my entire life has been taken away in one night,” she wailed uncontrollably. And, she began to wonder whether her decision to run away was even a wise one. What is she living for again? Wouldn’t it have been better to wait to be killed along with others? “It was better for me to have died than to incur these losses. How can I overcome this trauma?” Again, she began to weep.

Yet another sad one

The case of 28-year-old Martha Friday is also bound to make you cry. Her two children, Ishaya, 9, and Emmanuel, 6, visited their grandmother in August during the long school vacation, and were planning to return home on Sunday, two days before the attack, in preparation for school resumption last Monday. But the children, their grandmother and grandfather perished in the attack. Martha, who was married in a neighbouring village, is now left in deep grief. The whole thing looks like a dream to her as she is yet to come to terms with the fact that her two children are no more.

She now lives her life in total regret. “If I knew that there was going to be an attack, I wouldn’t have allowed them to visit their grandmother,” she told Saturday Sun. “At first, I contemplated stopping them, but their father encouraged me to let them go and we were planning to come and take them only for us to be called that they were among those killed.”

Seventy-four-year-old Goh Rohu was mostly devastated with the killing as he lost his wife and 15 close relatives in the attack. They include Lami’s family. His extended family was badly affected in the incident where five of his brothers, four wives and six children were killed.

“I want Federal and state governments to investigate these killings,” he said. “It was carefully planned to wipe out the entire village and my house was mostly affected. We have been living in peace for several decades and we don’t know why this calamity is coming at this time.”

He posited further: “Those who carried out the attack must be arrested and prosecuted according to the law to stop others from taking similar action on other communities. We are suspecting Fulani to have carried out the attack because they had accused the village of killing one of their sons, which is not true.”

Baba Rohu, who narrowly escaped death, added that the attackers who operated within 30 minutes without resistance divided and took position at strategic points before swooping on the villagers. Holes which bullets penetrated into some of the houses whose doors are made up of corrugated iron sheets are all too visible.

Genesis of the evil

The attack is said to be a reprisal carried out by Fulani herdsmen who had accused the Miango community of beheading their son, Abubakar Jibrial, and burying him in a shallow grave. The paramount ruler of Miango, Bra Irigwe, Rev. Ranku Aka (retired) was pained because he claimed to have called on the police to arrest the five members of the community said to have been fingered in the murder. He wondered why the Fulani would launch such a deadly attack on an innocent community.

Chief Aka said the community had sent a delegation to condole with the Fulani community over the unfortunate incident and to assure them that those who carried out the killing will be identified and made to face the law. He lamented that after the attack on the Ancha village, the Fulani community deliberately refused to condole with the people which clearly shows that they were on a revenge mission.

The paramount ruler said he has forgiven those who carried out the attack, but he noted that the Fulani admitted during a meeting with the Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, that there were irate youths among them. He would want them to make those youths available for arrest, just as he has done in his community for absolute peace.

He revealed that the death toll has risen to 24 from the original 19 persons given mass burial after the attack as two of the people rushed to Bingham University Teaching Hospital, Jos, could not make it, while three more bodies were later recovered in the bush.

The member representing Jos North/Bassa in the House of Representatives, Suleiman Kwande, who was in the village on condolence visit, brought relief materials to the hapless families and begged the natives and the Fulani community to sheathe their swords and embrace peace.

[By Saturday Sun]

8 thoughts on “Tragedy As Man Loses 16 Family Members In Fulani Herdsmen Attack In Plateau State

  1. WILL THE STUPID SCAM GOVT LEVEL FULANI MILITANTS A TERROR GROUP?WHO WILL LABEL AREWA GROUP THREATENING IGBOS TO VACATE BY OCT 1 OR GET AXED.NO THEY WONT.THEY HAVE KILLED LARGE NUMBER OF UNARMED CITIZENS IN THEIR HOMES,FARMS AND HIGHWAYS.THEY ARE DREAD AND ARMED TO THE TEETH.WHO WILL STOP THEM?WHO WILL SEARCH THEM AND THE DULLARD IS HEADING TO NYORK FOR AFTERNOON LUNCH WITH WITH TRUMP.HOPE HE WILL BE BARRED FROM ATTENDING THE UN MEETING.SUCH HONORED KILLINGS IN A DEMOCRATIC SETTING IS REALLY NAUSEAUTING.BANANA REPUB INDEED

  2. Taking advice from obasanjo is like taking money from a magician. This senceless man and his people and britain helped fulani terrorists fought the first war but this time around ………….
    buhari and his people refused restructuring which everybody beleived it will help nigeria develop and you obasanjo never talk to your slave masters to retructure nigeria, who are you to talk to biafrans a coward like you?

    You may be afraid of hausa fulani, and they know it’ we are not, We are access the python dance and soon we will dance it together, hope they will not run like they are running for boko haram.

  3. Buhari is travelling for medical checkup and people are being killedvby his hausa fulani terrorist? I DECLARE BUHARI WILL COME BACK IN COFFEN, DURING HIS CHECKUP IN THE HOSPITAL THE DEATH ANGEL WILL VISIT HIM AND STRIKE HIM DEAD AND SEND HIM TO HELL WHERE MUHAMMED IS. Offffffffffffffooooooooooooo

  4. The army is there labeling the unarmed IPOB as a terrorist organization while looking the other way while the Fulani herdsmen armed with AK-47s and other deadly weapons go on freely killing people. Where is the Nigeria army brass, what will they say about this kiling in Plateau state? The main agenda of this administration is to systematically exterminate Christians anywhere they are in Nigeria and enshrine sharia or islamic law and make Nigeria be like Turkey. It will not work; instead of that let the country break up.

  5. wondering why fulani herdsmen are not labelled terrorists and why d state governors still allow them in their ststes. all the cows have turned to uncle cow bcos we wan chop beef! rubbish!

  6. In as much as I hate what the Fulani herdsmen are doing, they are still not the major problems. The major problem lies with the owners of those cows. These herdsmen are just savants working for their masters and they are told to do whatever it takes to keep those cows feed and alive that includes feeding from farmers crops and killing poeple, or else they themselves will face the consequences from their masters. So you see they are acting based on instructions. If truly Nigerians want this scenario to reduce or come to an end , go after the owners of those cows and not the herdsmen. But I doubt such thing will happen cos the poeple that own those cows are elites in the soceities and I’m such they would want their businesses coming to an end or running loss.

  7. They are permitted to kill people to enable them feed their cows. In Nigeria cows are more precious than human beings. They know what they are doing.Its just but one day.

  8. But killing means nothing to some Nigerians. Seeing human blood has become soo common to some Nigerians like the guy who used pestle to hit his friend from America oyibos man head. Very very very very wicket human being.

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