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Residents Rally in Mass Protest Against Plateau Attacks, Demanding End to Violence



In a powerful display of collective grief and frustration, residents have taken to the streets in a massive protest following the Christmas Eve attacks that claimed the lives of at least 140 people, leaving numerous others missing. Clad in black attire and holding a banner that read, “Enough is Enough,” demonstrators voiced their demands for an immediate end to the violence that has been plaguing their communities.


The attacks, which occurred on December 24th, targeted remote villages in Bokkos and two other districts, and have been linked to the longstanding farmer-herder crisis. Although no group has officially claimed responsibility, suspicions have been directed towards herders from the Fulani tribe, who have historically been accused of orchestrating similar mass killings in the northwest and central regions of Nigeria.


From the clips circulating the internet on X (formerly Twitter), protestors expressed their anguish and called for justice for the victims of the Christmas Eve attacks. The widespread outrage reflects a growing sentiment of helplessness among the affected communities, who feel that their security is compromised, and justice remains elusive.


Adding another layer to the mounting tension, a day before the protest, women from Bokkos Local Government Area took matters into their own hands. Frustrated by what they perceived as inaction by their District Head, Saf Monday Adanchi, they set his house ablaze. This drastic act underscores the depths of frustration and desperation felt by the locals.


One of the grievances voiced by the protestors is the perceived inconsistency in law enforcement efforts. Many residents criticize the surge in security personnel arresting local youths while the perpetrators of the Christmas Eve attacks continue to evade capture, despite their alleged enclaves being known.

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The protest represents a collective call for accountability, justice, and an end to the cycle of violence that has gripped these communities. As the demonstrators continue to voice their demands, there is a heightened sense of urgency for authorities to address the root causes of the farmer-herder conflict and bring those responsible for the attacks to justice. The Christmas Eve tragedy has ignited a spark of resilience among the affected residents, prompting them to stand united against the scourge of violence that has plagued their lives for far too long.


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