Presidency Reacts As Hoodlums Slaughter Over 22 Travellers, Injure Others In Jos - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Saturday, August 14, 2021

Presidency Reacts As Hoodlums Slaughter Over 22 Travellers, Injure Others In Jos

By Our Reporter 

The Presidency has condemned the dastardly attack earlier today on travellers from a religious event in Bauchi while passing through Jos, the Plateau State Capital.

The Daily Crucible reports that at least 22 persons were killed on Saturday morning  as suspected Irigwe youths attacked travellers in Gada-biyu along the Jos-Zaria road in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State.

The attackers struck at 10 a.m, leaving many other passengers injured beside those savagely killed. 

The victims  were largely  Fulani born and brought up in Ondo and Ekiti states who were returning home after participating  at the annual Zikr (prayer session) organized by Sheikh Dahiru Usman Bauchi to mark the commencement of Muharram, the new Islamic New Year.

While moving in a convoy of five buses, the innocent travellers were intercepted as they tried passing through Rukuba Road in Jos to avoid the near regular gridlock  around the city centre.
It was learnt that the attackers ambushed the entourage, intercepted the vehicles and dragged many of them out before butchering them with cutlasses,  knives and cudgels. Some were knocked down with heavy stone.

The  Plateau police spokesman, ASP, Gabriel Ubah, confirmed the attack: “On 14/08/2021 at about 0928hrs, the Plateau State Police Command received call on 14/08/2021 received a distress call that a group of attackers suspected to be Irigwe youths and their sympathisers along Rukuba Road of Jos North LGA attacked a convoy of five buses with Muslim faithful who were coming back from the Annual Zikr prayer in Bauchi State and heading to Ikare in Ondo State.

“Unfortunately, twenty-two (22) persons were killed and fourteen injured in the attack.

“The CP warned that those that perpetrated this dastardly act & others that incited it will be made to face the full wrath of the law,” Ubah said. 

But reacting in the evening to the ugly occurrence, the Presidency condemned the attack on the travellers from a religious event in Bauchi while passing through Jos, the Plateau State Capital.

In a release by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President
(Media & Publicity), he stated that the Presidency regrets the reported deaths of at least twenty-two persons with several others injured in that ambush on their travelling party.

"It is widely known that Plateau State has been one of the states affected by herder-farmer clashes, which have, in a significant way, been curtailed following the intense peace-building efforts of the administration of Governor Simon Lalong.

However, to be clear, this is not an agriculturalist-on-pastoralist confrontation – but rather a direct, brazen and wickedly motivated attack on members of a community exercising their rights to travel freely and to follow the faith of their choosing.

With the evident preparedness of their attackers, it is clear this was a well-conceived and prearranged assault on a known target, location and religious persuasion of the travellers not an opportunist ambush. 

The Presidency offers condolences to the families of the victims and continues to liaise closely with the local authorities - including security, the police, and governmental agencies.

These kinds of attacks on our country's citizens are unacceptable, heinous, and stand in complete contradiction to the teachings of the great religions of our nation.

The Presidency stands steadfast with both Christians and Muslims at this time in condemnation of this latest attack and expects and insists that justice is swiftly – but fairly – delivered to the perpetrators.

"Make no mistake about it: in line with my commitment to protect all Nigerians, I have ordered our security agencies to fish out the perpetrators of this gruesome massacre of innocent travellers and bring them to justice," President Buhari said.

As the facts of the sad incident continue to unfold, the Presidency commends the ongoing efforts by the Governors of Plateau, Bauchi, and Ondo; the Sultan of Sokoto His Eminence Sa'ad Abubakar III and Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi as well as a number of notable Christian and Muslim leaders as they intensify efforts to calm down the situation," Garba stated. 

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