Reps Declare Jos Killings Genocide

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Abuja – The House of Representatives has declared the gruesome murder of over 200 defenceless citizens, mostly women and children, in Plateau State as genocide.

It also requested for a tight state protection for one of its members, Idris Ahmed Wase (APC, Plateau), who told the House that he had a documentary evidence of the sponsors of the killings in the state.

The request was part of the resolutions it made on Tuesday to enable the lawmaker to serve as a state witness in the investigations into the killings, aimed at fishing out the perpetrators for prosecution.

The resolutions followed a motion under matters of urgent public importance brought by Edward Gyang Pwajok and four others on the massacre of over 200 persons in Plateau State.

Pwajok, who raised the motion on the floor of the House, viewed the massacre of over 200 persons by killer herdsmen with shock.

He told the House that the attacks on the state, in which 15 villages were destroyed, were well-coordinated.

He expressed worry that the attacks had a pattern where, once a community was attacked, it was cleansed by killing the native inhabitants and the houses burnt down.

In his debate, Pwajok stressed that it was the responsibility of government to protect these citizens, stressing that no one had the right to take the life of another in the manner it was being carried out in the state.

It was upon the strength of his debate that Wase, who contributed to the motion, claimed that he had documentary evidence that could reveal the sponsors of the killings.

As part of amendment proposed to the substantive prayers, that the 52 villages currently under occupation be recovered by government and the displaced owners resettled on their ancestral land, Femi Gbajabiamila, Majority Leader of the House, noted that members had immunity when they spoke on the floor of the House, but that immunity didn’t prevent what they claimed from being investigated.

Accordingly, he said that the claim of Wase was very weighty and could help the state to unearth the sponsors of such wickedness.

He, therefore, asked for protection for him to secure his life and the documentary evidence, and this was approved by the House.

The House further resolved that the Federal Government should establish an orphanage in the state for the children that had been rendered orphans by the massacre.

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