NUJ Expresses Shock Over Rising Insecurity, Mambilla Killings

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has expressed its worry over what it described as the alarming level of insecurity of life and property in the country which are clear signs of danger to Nigeria’s democracy and to National Security.

“We are particularly shocked by the killings of citizens, livestock and destruction of property allegedly by the Mambilla Sectarian Militia on the Mambilla Plateau of Sardauna Local Government of Taraba State from 17-23 June, 2017,” a statement by the National Secretary of the union, Shuaibu Usman Leman, read.

The statement was outraged at the, “more shocking was the revelation by the General Officer Commanding the Third Division of the Nigerian Army, Brig Gen Benjamin Ahanotu who was on the Mambilla Plateau that the level of killings targeted at Fulani herdsmen was alarming and that while the mayhem lasted, some traditional and Community Leaders did nothing to stop the killings and neither did they made any efforts at assisting the wounded get any medical attention.”

Leman said, “Nigerians have watched with utmost regret and hopelessness similar killings allegedly by Fulani herdsmen in Plateau, Nasarawa and Benue States, in Southern parts of Kaduna State and elsewhere while those entrusted with the security of life and property of Nigerians watched without being able to bring any of the alleged perpetrators to account for their crimes.

“It is pertinent to caution the Federal Government that allowing the insecurity level to reach this unacceptable dimension is capable of plunging this country into catastrophic irreversibility.

“It is therefore imperative that we call on the Federal Government to move fast to avert another mayhem by quickly arresting the perpetrators of the killings in Mambilla and all the killings that took place earlier and bring the culprits to justice.”

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