Wanton Destruction Of Lives And Properties At Kodomun Town In Demsa Local
Government Area By Fulani Herdsmen And Their Hired Mercenaries Between Friday
29th July, 2016 To Monday 1st August, 2016 Held On Tuesday 9th August, 2016 At
The NUJ Press Centre, Yola, The President Of The Pene Da Bwatiyes addresses matter affecting his people and community requesting for urgent intervention of the government.
Gentlemen of the press,
It is with a heavy heart that the Bwatiye Community represented by our umbrella organization, PENE DA BWATIYE wish to address you today. We draw attention to the massive destruction of the rural town of Kodomun in Demsa Local Government of Adamawa State and the brutal cold blooded murder of twenty five (25) persons comprising our revered elders, young and middle aged men and children. As we address you today, the entire population of about 2,500 inhabitants are now homeless and scattered in towns and villages as Internally Displaced Persons.
Please recall that from January to July this year, similar mass killings took place in the Bwatiye villages of Koh, Goron, Ndikajam, Tabongo, No-Ine Fawaire and Jimoh in Girei Local Government Area of Adamawa State where seventy two (72) deaths were recorded including the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Vunoklang, a suburb of the Jimeta metropolis. There is no doubt that the killings by the Fulani herdsmen and their hired mercenaries were perpetrated under a grand design to annihilate the Bwatiye race as a people. Upto this time no one has been apprehended, questioned or sanctioned by the authorities over the incidences. Is this not a conspiracy of silence?
As painful as the destruction and looting of property and the brutal killings of our defenceless people and the removal of some vital parts of their bodies for ritual purposes have been, we have managed with difficulty, to implore our communities to refrain from taking law into their own hands. While we continue to look up to the State Government for justice and protection, unfortunately, government failed in this regard. We find this failure of government unacceptable, as it is equally becoming more challenging to restrain our people from rising up to their own self defence by every possible means against armed Fulani herdsmen that are using assault riffles and hard core military weapons, as did in Koh, Ndikajam, No-Ine, Tabong Goron, Fawaire and Jimoh in Girei Local Government Area.
The impunity of these invaders will not stop unless the government ceases to treat them with kid gloves. We are gratified that the president of the Federal republic of Nigeria, President Muhamamdu Buhari has at last directed the security agents to disarm them. However, we wait to see what will happen, for with the likes of Commissioner of Police of Adamawa State, All. Ghazzali Mohammed as law enforcement officers, we will be faced with either non-compliance or complicity. You will recall that this Commissioner of Police on Tuesday 2nd August, 2016 said no life was lost in the invasion of Kodomun and that he did not allow his men to intervene in the attack because according him, it was a communal clash and to do so, would appear to be taking sides. This man is therefore not fit for a Command position. He should be removed immediately by the Inspector General of Police.
In light of the foregoing, we unequivocally affirm that it is not a coincidence that the brunt of these murderous attacks have been directed mainly at the ethnic nationalities and other well meaning citizens who are opposed to this diabolic agenda.
The activities of these evil men are not limited to the Bwatiye alone, it is rather a carefully calculated and orchestrated agenda by these dangerous Fulani Marauders in collaboration with their highly placed and wealthy sponsors to lay siege, sack and take over the fertile agricultural lands of the indigenous groups.
First, they struck in Dumne and massacred several Yungur people. In 2012, they invaded Lamurde LGA and touched several of the Sobo settlements through a highly sophisticated mercenary force whose advance was only checked through the late intervention of a combined team of police and military troops. Between 2010- 2014, through the diabolic Boko Haram sect, these blood thirsty organizations laid waste the largest concentration of ethnic nationalities in Yobe, Borno and Adamawa States destabilizing in the process the Marghi, Higgi, Fali, Gude, Janyi, Kilba, Hona, Lala, Bura, Ga’anda, Mboi, to name a few. The strategy they employed is a simple one-isolate the different ethnic nationalities and strike them at will. They started this in Plateau State, then moved to Nasarawa and Benue States. They have laid siege to Kogi, Ekiti, Ondo, Enugu, Delta, Taraba, Kaduna, Zamfara, Nasarawa States etc. This is therefore, a wake-up call on all and sundry to stand up and fight this common evil.
1.We as a people have a well known attribute of love for peace and good communal life with all people who seek sojourn in Bwatiye land. We would cooperate with Government in finding ways to ensure that justice is done through the CONSTITUTION OF HIGH POWERED INDEPENDENT JUDICIAL PANEL OF ENQUIRY with THE task to ascertain the true position of the immediate and remote causes of all these deadly attacks on innocent and defenceless people, in all cases, by surprise in their sleep, on their farms or as in the case of Kodomun as the people gathered to bury their dead. We once again, reiterate our call on the governor of Adamawa State, His Excellency, Senator Mohammadu Umaru Jibrilla to take this important step to address this perennial problem.
1.We assume government is aware that unless culprits are apprehended and punished, we run the risk of communities resorting to the dreadful steps of securing self justice. The danger is that no section of the citizenry or ethnic group has a monopoly of violence. Other groups may be forced to take measures to protect themselves and their properties. The result is going to be chaos and disorder in the country beyond the scope of government control. We therefore, call on the government to check this dangerous drift to anarchy.
2.Consequently and more importantly, we demand the immediate disarming of all Fulani Herdsmen who are taking cover under the guise of grazing their cattle to kill, maim, plunder and economically incapacitate the communities.
3.That, as a matter of urgency, government should immediately come to the aid of the victims of the Kodomun massacre through the provision of relief materials. Government should also rehabilitate and settle the affected community as houses and property have been destroyed and they could hardly afford to provide shelter for themselves.
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In conclusion, it must be noted that the primary responsibility of Government is the SECURITY and WELLBEING of its citizens. In a situation where a group enjoys Latitude of acts of lawlessness against fellow citizens it is appropriate to ask whether Government is sincere or in control. This notwithstanding, PENE DA BWATIYE WORLDWIDE here again calls loudly to all Bwatiye sons and daughters other ethnic nationalities and well meaning Nigerians to, inspite of our distress, keep faith in the Federal and State Governments, to remain law abiding, respecting all constituted and responsible authority.
Thank you gentlemen of the pressADVERTISEMENT
Sign for and on behalf of the Bwatiye Worldwide.
_____________________PRINCE HEZRON A. FADA,National President, Pene Da Bwatiye.