Gunmen kill 22 in Nigeria ethnic clashes

Nigeria ethnic clashesFrom EMEKA OKONKWO in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE Nigerian government has condemned the killing of at least 22 civilians by suspected herdsmen in the central Plateau State.
It is feared the fatal attacks in the Jos North and Barkin Ladi local government councils are a continuance of the long-running feuds between villagers and the nomadic livestock rearers over land.
Solomon Dalung, Minister of Youth and Sports, lamented that such attacks were becoming more rampant despite the presence of armed personnel, including a Joint Task Force deployed to deal with ethnic clashes.
A fortnight ago, gunmen thought to be herders killed over 20 people in Bassa also in the state.
“It is sad that despite efforts of the Federal Government to provide maximum security throughout the country, some blood sucking elements are busy undermining the efforts through these senseless attacks,” Dalung said.
The minister challenged the Nigerian Police Force and the JTF to track down the perpetrators.
He said the level of confidence in the ability of the police was at an all-time low.
“We cannot afford to joke with our human resources, which is the strength of Nigeria as the giant of Africa.”
With hundreds of ethnic groups and a population of over 190 million, Nigeria is Africa’s biggest nation.
The West African country is enduring incessant clashes between largely Muslim herders and predominantly Christian villagers.
It is estimated 10 000 civilians have been killed in Plateau over the past decade.
Nigeria is also suffering terror acts by the Islamic Boko Haram sect.
Up to 100 000 civilians are estimated dead and 2 million displaced.
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