Nigeria, (PNB NEWS). Hooligans in Nigeria’s Plateau state killed at least 50 people and kidnapped scores more, a community chief told Reuters on Monday.
Armed men stormed a military base in Kaduna last week, killing 15 troops. Such killings are uncommon in Plateau, Nigeria’s heartland region.
Plateau is the twelfth largest state in Nigeria. It is geographically unique in Nigeria because of the raised hills that surround Joss Plateau, the city, and the entire state.
It is located approximately in the middle of the country. The plateau is known as the “Capital of the World and Tourism of the World”.
However, the state shares a border with Kaduna, where suspected gangsters or thugs are involved in thefts and kidnappings.
Last month, the same gangsters blew up train tracks, killed eight people, and kidnapped dozens.
“It’s really painful once more, and we strongly condemn it,” Jonathan Ishaku, a spokesman for the Plateau Forum’s Elders, said.
“The security (forces) must assure the immediate rescue of all abductees.”
He further added that 50 men were killed and 70 people including women and kids, were abducted from nine villages on Sunday afternoon.
Mass abductions and other violent offenses have increased significantly in Northwestern Nigeria since the end of 2020.
The government struggles to maintain law and order in a struggling economy.
More than 50,000 Nigerians have fled their homes in the northwest alone since January 2020.