How Herder Militia, Cattle Rustling, Others Caused Fresh Plateau Crisis – Military


The military has identified herder militia, cattle rustling, and various other factors as the root causes of the crisis in the Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State. Major General Edward Buba, the Director of Defence Media Operations, addressed this during a news conference in Abuja on Thursday, highlighting that special forces have been deployed to hotspots in the state to manage the situation.

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According to General Buba, the crisis was triggered by attempted cattle rustling and the killing of a Mangu man by herder militia. The incident occurred when the man, riding a motorcycle along the road, encountered a herd of cattle crossing on January 22, 2024. The herders allegedly killed the man on the spot, leading to militia mobilization and attacks on residents in the early hours of January 23.

In response to recent comments accusing the military of supervising the killings of Christians and property destruction in the state, General Buba announced that the Defence Headquarters would meet with Revd Timothy Daluk, the Chairman of the Christian Association Of Nigeria in the local government.

The recent attack in Kwahaslalek village resulted in over 30 deaths, injuries, and burnt houses. Governor Caleb Mutfwang imposed a curfew on the LGA, and two other communities, Kinat and Mairana, on the borders of Mangu and Barkin Ladi local government areas were also attacked the same night.

Plateau State has faced severe attacks, with over 200 killed during Christmas Eve attacks in the Bokkos and Barkin Ladi local government areas. These incidents have drawn local and international outrage, with the governor criticizing the military’s response and describing the killings as carnage. The United Nations has urged the Federal Government to conduct a thorough probe into the incidents affecting over 50 villages.

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