Berom youths demand ban on open grazing in Plateau as herders reportedly kill teachers

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The Berom Youth Moulders Association (BYM) has called on the Plateau State Government to ban open grazing in the state, saying it is been used as a ploy to continue unleashing mayhem on citizens and their property.

The group also called on the government at all levels to declare Fulani militias as terrorists and be treated as such.

The BYM made the call through its National Publicity Secretary, Rwang Tengwong, on Tuesday while reacting to the killing of a couple who are Secondary school teachers. One other person was left severely injured by the bandits.

He said, “The Berom Youths Moulder-Association-BYM is, again, saddened over the invasion of BECO Comprehensive School Kwi, where two staff, Mr and Mrs Rwang Danladi are reportedly shot dead and one Mr Dalyop Emmanuel Ibrahim, the Vice Principal of the School, left seriously injured by some known Fulani armed men alongside suspected bandits elements at about 3:00pm of Monday, 14th August 2023.

The BYM said an eyewitness account revealed that “the incident happened when staff were holding a meeting to compile the results of students due for release on Friday, 18th August being the school’s “Speech and Prize Giving-Day.”

The group said a local source revealed that, “the bandits came into the school compound with their cattle and interrupted the Staff meeting.

“The staff had asked the Fulani to get their cows out of the school environment. But instead of complying, they brought out their arms and opened gunfire at the teachers.

“This resulted in the death of the recently wedded couple, Rwang Danladi and wife, Mrs Sandra Rwang Danladi, who are the staff of the school while Mr Dalyop Emmanuel Ibrahim who is the Vice Principal of the institution sustained serious injury and is receiving medical treatment at the Jos University Teaching Hospital”, he explained.

“The Berom Youth Moulders Association, BYM under the leadership of Solomon Dalyop Mwantiri, notes with concern how these terrorists from Fass and Mahanga communities now move freely with arms and graze on farmlands, intimidating and killing locals at nearby communities.

According to him, “Fass and Mahanga as well as Guava have become enclaves of terrorists, who carry out all sorts of coordinated attacks on villages and communities in Barkin Ladi, Riyom, Bokkos, Mangu, Jos South LGAs and even beyond the state.

“We, therefore, call on the government to ban open grazing in Plateau State since grazing has become a ploy to continue to unleash havoc on human lives and property.

“We also call on security operatives to, as a matter of urgency, raid the aforementioned settlements formed by way of forceful occupation after uprooting the aboriginals therefrom.

“This is necessary in order to get rid of both the terrorists and criminal elements that have firmly defied law and order”, the BYM further explained.

“The BYM calls on the government to declare Fulani militias as terrorists so as to be treated as such”, the group stressed.

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