*We Don’t Want More Deaths-Community Leader
By Our Correspondent
Soldiers deployed to keep peace and security in Bassa local government area of Plateau state reportedly told residents of Jebu Miango that they had no order to stop gunmen who invaded the community. Paramount ruler Ingwe ethnic nationality in the state, His Royal Highness, Bra Ngwe Irigwe, Rt Rev Ronku Aka, made the disclosure while playing host to the president, President of the Para-Mallam Peace Foundation, Rev Gideon Para-Malam who, alongside other officials of some Non-Governmental Orrganisation, NGOs paid him a sympathy visit in his palace in Miango.
According to Rt Rev Ronku Aka, some security operatives who were deployed to the affected communities, told residents of the affected communities that they had no instruction to repel or stop the attack that left over 40 persons dead.
“During the recent attacks in my communities, the soldiers and other security operatives were around. As the invaders were carrying out the attacks in Jebu Miango and advancing to other communities we expected them to confront the invaders and stop the destruction going on but that did not happen.
When I enquired what was happening, some soldiers cried to me that they did not receive the order to repel the attackers on the communities. Some of them who expressed frustration over the situation wondered the essence of holding guns which they could not use and left the scene while the attackers continued with their destruction in the communities,” Rt Rev Aka disclosed.
Rt Rev Aka, added that the ensuing destruction of the affected communities in his kingdom exposed further the helplessness of both the state governor, who is the chief security officer and the local government chairman in security matters.
“I don’t blame the local government chairman in Bassa or the governor of the state over the calamity that has befallen my people. At peace meetings, the governor will give order but the security men will go and do a different thing.
If the security agents were deployed and allowed to do their job, may be, the attackers would not have succeeded with their evil plans and my people would not be suffering what they are experiencing at the moment.”
Rt Rev Aka who demanded justice for the crime, urged his subject to eschew any reprisal thought as that would only aggravate an already bad situation.
“But we don’t want more deaths in the communities. I have told my people not to retaliate what was done to them. But we need justice going forward.”
Reports have it that over 40 people were murdered during the invasion with another many others injured and about 22,000 others displaced.