Jos: 15 disappear in mysterious circumstances.....

Date: 21-03-2010 10:57 am (11 years ago) | Author: Sheenor Kunley
- at 21-03-2010 10:57 AM (11 years ago)
Another dimension has been added to the lingering crisis in Plateau State as no fewer than 15 persons have disappeared in Jos, the state capital, since the March 7 sectarian violence hit parts of the state, SUNDAY PUNCH has gathered.

Curiously, however, our correspondent gathered that in all the cases, the victims disappeared without any trace.

It was further learnt that many of the missing persons were either motorcycle operators or students who strayed into what had become enemy territory.

Since the February 7, 2001 crisis, the state had been divided along religious lines, with Christians and Muslims living in separate quarters.

The situation has been made worse by the recurring crises on the Plateau where Christians are afraid to go to Muslim-dominated areas and vice versa.

Our correspondent gathered that places like Angwan Rogo, Angwan Rukuba, Rikkos, Bauchi road, some parts of Nasarawa Gwong and Rikkos are no-go areas for the Christians, while the Muslims abhor areas such as Tudun Wada, Anguldi, Gada Biu, Hwolshe and Zawan, mostly dominated by the indigenes.

Only penultimate Sunday over 400 persons including women and children lost their lives on the outskirts of Jos allegedly in the hands of Fulani herdsmen.

Just last Sunday, a newspaper vendor, Mallam Rabiu Audu, disappeared while selling newspapers along Aguldi Jos.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr. Mohammed Larema, who confirmed the development, said in the last one week, no less than five missing persons had been reported to the command

He said, ”We have been receiving reports of missing persons and in the last one week, five of such reports were made to us.

”The names of such persons were Bello Abubakar, Victor Onyewuchi, Rabiu Audu, Ahok Barnabas and Menshak Ayiga.

”We are still investigating and I cannot make a categorical statement on their fate,” Laream added.

Meanwhile, the National Association of Nigerian Students on Friday said it would hold the state and the Federal Governments responsible for any further outbreak of violence in state.

NANS which also opposed the calls for the redeployment of corps members from the state said Plateau indigenes might as well reject posting to other states.

What the government should do, NANS President, Jude Imagwe, said was to beef up security for corpse members posted to the state.

”What we want to see is government taking proactive measures to forestall the recurrence of violence as that is their major responsibility.

”We shall hold the federal and state government’s responsible if there is any further breakdown of peace as it will amount to their inability to pilot the affairs of our country and state,” he stated.

Posted: at 21-03-2010 10:57 AM (11 years ago) | Hero