The Irigwe community of Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State has petitioned the police and the state government for justice over the incessant killings of its members,stating that “No individual or group has the monopoly of violence or terror”.
The Irigwe nation also stated that it has the capacity to protect herself against any group that threatens its peace with needless attacks.
In a press statement jointly signed by Chinge Dodo and John Gana the President and Secretary of the community and made available to journalists in Jos on Thursday, the group said, “On Sunday November 5, 2015, five Irigwe youths from Bonwo, Oree Dam, Kwall lawfully went to evacuate maize produce from their farmland located at Chwue-Kwall through an access road in Dogon Gaba village and never returned alive as they were waylaid and three of them namely; Yakubu Bari Kpasha, Tiri Bari Kpasha and Jerry Patrick were shot and killed, while the other two managed to escape”.
“As a peace loving community, we immediately reported the matter to the Divisional Police Headquarters in Bassa and Jos South Local Government Areas without recourse to a reprisal by the Irigwe people. And the police mobilized to the scene and evacuated the dead bodies”.
“While the families received the assurance by the police to exercise patience while they go after the culprits without delay, the culprits to our dismay are still walking free even as the Police continue to give lame excuses”.
“No individual or group has the monopoly of violence or terror; the Irigwe nation, no doubt, has the capacity and much more to protect herself against these threats and the needless and deliberate attempts at exterminating and decimating her youthful population under any guise, even for reason of expanding territories. But we are constrained by existent laws of our country and the fact that we are believers of the emergence of a just and fair governance system guided by peace as currently enthroned on the Plateau”.
“We are further guided by good conscience and reason to refuse to divert the good intentions of this present government to another theatre of war currently being fanned by those who do not mean well for the state and the government”
“We are however calling on the state government and security operatives to apprehend these known trigger-happy culprits in the interest of justice an peace”.