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Gunmen have sent letter of impending attack to Plateau community– Middle Belt Forum

 

Stanley Kavwam, deputy national publicity secretary of the
Middle Belt Forum, says insurgents have sent a letter of an impending attack to
a community in Plateau state.

 

Speaking on Thursday during an interview on AriseTV, Kavwam
said the terrorists are planning to launch the attack on Pushit community in
Mangu LGA on December 29.

 

Last week, Plateau communities suffered coordinated attacks
by gunmen who killed over 100 people and left many others injured and
displaced.

 

Kavwam claimed the military is aware of the identity of the
attackers and their hideouts, adding that some communities are still being
invaded.

 

 “While I was driving
down from Jos to this place, I received a call. A letter was sent to my own
village by the terrorists that the attackers were going to invade on the 29th
of this December,” he said.

 

“All the attacks that were orchestrated, there was a letter
to that effect that was dropped by an anonymous person, intimating the
residents of Mangu LGA that there would be attacks.”

 

Commenting on informing security forces of impending
attacks, he said over 30 distress calls were made to the personnel before the
recent attack in Plateau.

 

He said most of the communities attacked in Plateau are
Christian settlements, adding that the operation usually lasts for about 24
hours without security intervention.

 

’37 DISTRESS CALLS’

 

Kavwam said security agencies knew that an attack was coming
before the Christmas eve massacre.

 

“They received about 37 distress calls, that is operation
Safe Haven or the Joint Task Force. About 37 distress calls!! Yet nothing was
done,” he said.

 

 “All the casualties
that we are talking about are in a community inhabited by Christians and the
security forces know the attackers, they even know their hideouts for the two
decades.

 

“They know where they orchestrate the attacks from because
that autonomous community called Manga, which is at the foot of Bokkos hills,
bordering Wamba in Nasarawa state to the south.

 

“It’s this autonomous community from where these attacks are
orchestrated from, just the same way we have in the Mandara hills in Borno
state.

 

“For instance, the military relocated an entire community of
over 11,000 people, leaving the entire Dangoa roads free for the terrorists to
operate.

 

“Section 14B of the 1999 constitution as amended stipulates
that the welfare and security of the people shall be the primary purpose of
government.

 

“These attacks could last for as long as 12  to 24 hours and there is no security presence
whatsoever.

 

 “Pushit community in
Mangu LGA of Plateau state. A letter was sent today to Pushit that they are
going to attack on the 29th.”

 

He added that despite President Bola Tinubu’s directive to
service chiefs to intensify security in the affected communities, “nothing has
changed and the attacks are still going on and there is no response from the
security authorities”.

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