Condemnation, outrage mount over Plateau killings

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The brutal killing of over 100 people in Plateau state by suspected Fulani herdsmen has continued to attract condemnation and outrage across the country and beyond.

This is even more so after an umbrella body of cattle rearers, Miyetti Allah stated that the attack occurred as a revenge for the killing cattle belonging to the herdsmen.

The United States Government has condemned the killings through a statement by Ms Heather Nauert, Spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State, which reads:

“The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms the killing of civilians and destruction of property in Nigeria’s Middle Belt region over the weekend.”

“We are concerned by the recent increase in armed violence against civilians and call on all political and community leaders to lend their voices to peace and to work together to find lasting solutions to these rural conflicts.”

“We join President Buhari and others in sending our deepest condolences to the affected communities, and in the desire to see the perpetrators brought to justice and to prevent further violence.”

In Nigeria condemnation has come from the People’s Democratic Party, Femi Falana, Femi Fani-Kayode, Ayodele Fayose, Bukola Saraki, the Arewa Consultative Forum, and many others.

Opposition figure, Femi Fani-Kayode condemned the attack in the strongest possible terms in a statement on Twitter, posted below:

Meanwhile, the Berom Educational and Cultural Organisation (BECO) said it lost 150 people during the  attack on its members by herdsmen in Barikin-Ladi and Riyom Local Government areas of Plateau State.

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