There was a mass protest yesterday by Berom youths, who came out in their hundreds following the killing of Senator Dantong and Assembly member Fulani. They blocked major roads in their areas. The protesters blocked federal highways in Riyom and Barkin Ladi. Motorists from southern and central zones of Plateau could not get to Jos. Motorists from Abuja were also blocked in Riyom. It was a tough day for security agencies containing the rampaging youths to prevent reprisals while at the same time chasing the gunmen that killed Senator Dantong.
Plateau State Governor Jonah Jang announced a curfew in Jos North, Jos South, Barkin Ladi and Riyom local government areas with immediate effect. “The curfew will start at 7:30pm to 7am. The curfew starts 6pm tomorrow (today) to 7am till further notice”. A statement signed by Yiljap Abraham, Commissioner for Information and Communication, said. Senator Dantong popularly called DDD (from his initials) is a medical doctor, who assisted his constituents in offering free medical service to poor rural people.
The sign of his presence in town was the stream of people heading to his Rayfield home on weekends. He attended to each and every one of them.One institution that will miss him most is his alumni association. The late senator was an alumnus of the University of Jos, where he graduated as a medical doctor. Recently at the University of Jos, he was the guest lecturer of the Distinguished Alumni lecture, he promised to develop the medical science department
Berom women in the beleaguered Plateau State appealed to the National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dauski and other well-meaning Nigerians to come to their aid in the face of attacks and killings especially of children and women. They appealed to attackers to ceasefire and allow peace to reign. The women in tears said they know their attackers are Fulani cattle-rearers saying Col. Dasuki should use his position as the NSA and a Fulani, to appeal to the attackers to stop the killings and give respite to the people.
Their spokesperson, Ngo Monica Gwom, said there is so much hunger in the villages because people do not go to farms any longer due to fear. She said those who went to the market ended up being killed while those who planted crops had them destroyed by cattle-rearers. Gwom decried the killings of innocent people, especially women, saying: “All good-hearted people and patriotic citizens should rise to condemn these acts and ensure they are ended.”
The Commissioner for the Environment, Mrs. Sarah Yusuf, reiterated the suffering of the people in the two local government areas due to incessant attacks. Mrs. Yusuf, who was shaken by Saturday’s attacks, said the sight of what took place in the villages should move every person in authority to call the perpetrators of the evil to order. When our correspondent contacted a villager on the telephone, mourners were heard wailing in the background as relatives gathered to count their losses.