President Bola Tinubu has instructed the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation to work in tandem with the Plateau State Government to offer humanitarian assistance to the survivors of the tragic attacks and the impacted communities.
Dr Betta Edu, the minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation made this known in a statement issued on Wednesday, describing the incident, as senseless, horrendous and inhuman.
She explained that the ministry would be unrelenting to ensure that every Nigerian and all parts of Nigeria experiencing humanitarian crises are catered to by the current administration.
The statement reads; “Following the Christmas Eve alleged massacre, by unknown assailants, of over 100 innocent persons in about 15 communities in Bokkos and Barkin-Ladi local government areas of Plateau, the Minister for Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr Betta Edu has condoled with the government and people of Plateau state.
“It was with utter shock and sadness that I received the news of the barbaric, horrendous and senseless attacks in plateau communities which have left over 100 people dead and injured many while many more are displaced.
“I condole with the government and people of plateau state, especially families of the victims of this unnecessary assault on humanity and pray for a permanent peace in the plateau
“One can only imagine the difficulties and indignities as well as catastrophic humanitarian challenges facing the survivors and affected members of the communities.
“As a Ministry directly in charge of responding to humanitarian challenges of citizens in Nigeria, the federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation has been directed by President Bola Tinubu to collaborate with the Plateau state government to bring humanitarian succour to the survivors of the unfortunate attacks as well as the affected communities,” the statement added.
SaharaReporters earlier reported how the Chairman of Bokkos Local Government Area of Plateau State, Monday Kassa said that the death toll from the multiple attacks on communities in the local government area had risen to 125.
Also, the Chairman of Barkin Ladi local government area, Danjuma Dakil, said that the death toll from the attacks in the area had risen to 30, from 17 as earlier reported.
Kassa who confirmed the latest death toll update on the phone with newsmen said “up to this moment, our people are still in the bush searching for missing ones. Today we have recovered more than 20 bodies from the bushes and the search is not over yet.”