Plateau attacks: Clog in wheel of our collective progress – DG Peace Building

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The Plateau Peace Building Agency (PPBA) has described the resurgence of violence occasioned by attacks on Ancha and Ta’agbe communities in Bassa Local Government Area of the State by gunmen leading to the loss of lives and property in the last few days as not only “worrisome but; constitutes a clog in the wheel of our collective progress”.

Recall that 13 people were killed and many houses set ablaze in the aforementioned villages of Irigwe chiefdom of Bassa LGA.

Recall that the Irigwe chiefdom of Bassa LGA suffered unrest about three months ago, where over 80 people were killed, thousands displaced, farms destroyed and many houses set ablaze.

Newspot recalls that in the wake of the unrest sometime in August, 2021, Governor, Simon Lalong engaged leaders of both Irigwe and Fulani communities in series of meetings towards finding solutions to the protracted conflict in the area.

It will be recalled also that the PPBA with support from the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) also followed up with series of facilitated dialogues with critical stakeholders in order to find lasting solutions to the attacks.

The PPBA while reacting to the attacks through its Director General, Joseph Lengmang said,
“We are appalled by this renewed onslaught on hapless citizens and we truly commiserate with those affected by these recent attacks particularly those who lost their loved ones.

According to him, “Just when we thought the investment in both human and material resources, that the PPBA, the Plateau State government and the Plateau State Inter-Religious Council, IRC, as well as, other non-state actors have committed in rebuilding the peace in the locality especially in the last few months was beginning to yield results, the unfortunate incidents of the last few days especially the coordinated attack on Ta’agbe community in the early hours of Friday November 26th, 2021, threatens to undermine our modest achievement at healing the wounds of the past as well as rebuilding confidence amongst the people of the area.

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“Notwithstanding, we cannot afford to despair at this point that we are about to evolve enduring solutions to the Bassa conflict.

“This development, unhealthy as it seems, calls for even more stronger collaborative efforts among all stakeholders in order to weed out from our midst these unscrupulous elements who are bent on bringing down the roof upon everybody’s head”, he admonished.

“We call on our security agencies to live up to their primary responsibility of safeguarding lives and property of all citizens regardless of where they reside,” he stressed.

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