From Esther Akaa, Lafia
The youth wing of Mada Development Association, MDA, a socio-cultural organisation of the Mada people in Nasarawa State has protested over the killing of 16 persons by suspected Fulani militia in Numa village, Akwanga Local Government Area of the state.
The youths who trekked for over five kilometers from General Hospital to the palace of the their paramount ruler, the Chun-Mada, HRH Samson Gamu-Yare, carried placards with different inscriptions describing how they felt over the incident.
The Voice reports that some of the inscriptions included: “enough of the killings, these is too much to bear and fish out the killers of these innocent people among others.”
Addressing the protesters at the palace of the paramount ruler, the National President of the association, Gyuni Umaru expressed dismay over the attack, saying the Mada youths would no longer tolerate such incident.
“We have tolerated the first one and we will still tolerate this one, but if the government fails to fish out the attackers and forestall further killings in our land, we will resort to self help.
“Even at this point, we still have faith in the government to protect us, but if they prove otherwise, we will protect ourselves and our communities against attackers,” Umaru added.
Umaru appealed to the relevant government agencies and other spirited individuals to come to the aid of those who are receiving treatment in different hospitals as a result of injuries sustained during the attack.
He further called on the Federal Government to beef up security in the area in order to facilitate the return of the villagers who have fled from the community for fear of the unknown.
Responding, the Chun-Mada, HRH Samson Gamu-Yare, expressed gratitude to the youths for their orderly conduct despite their grievances.
He assured that the traditional institution would liaise with the government at all levels to secure the entire LGA.
On his part, the Executive Chairman of Akwanga Local Government Area, Mr Samuel Meshi appealed to the youths to continue to remain calm as the government would do everything possible to fish out the attackers.
He added that already, there was a deployment of the army from the 177 Guards Battalion, Keffi to the area in addition to the police and other security personnel that were earlier deployed to the area.
The attack on Numa village was the second in Akwanga Local Government Area after the attack on Mente and Nidam communities in March 2019.