INTERVIEW: Plateau Massacre: ‘I Rushed to Report to Nigerian Soldiers at Nearby Checkpoint; They Told Me No Ammunitions to Engage Terrorists’ – Survivor
One of the survivors of the Plateau Massacre carried out by the Fulani Terrorists on over 27 villages, which took place on December 24, 2023, shared her ordeal in an exclusive interview with Parallel Facts. She explored how the military operatives at the nearest checkpoints dealt with the killings with negligence, citing lack of ammunition as the reason for their incapacity to fight off the terrorists.
Can you share with us what happened on the 24th of December, 2023, in Plateau?
On the eve of Christmas, that was on December 25, 2023, some of our people were in Reverend Jonathan’s house, who is the reverend in the Assemblies of God’s Church in NTV village, and suddenly, they heard three gunshots from another direction that was close to a checkpoint, and then one of them called to ask what was happening, but nobody responded, the next thing they saw like 50-30 motorcycles coming with light.
The community is structured in such a way that they all live together, close to a checkpoint. Towards the end of the community, there are settlers that live there, so when the motorcycles came in, there were massive gunshots from the direction where the settlers were.
Those that came to the reverend’s house preparing for Christmas Eve at the church were shot; even the glasses of the church was stained with blood
The Fulani terrorists came in from the settler’s direction and were shooting some. One could even see pool of blood from the victims who were trying to run
In that community, seven people were killed: one woman and two others; one was 10 year-old and the other was 5. Also, two siblings were killed. One was a student of Plateau State University, an old man in his 80’s and the Reverend himself. In total, they were 10 from NTV in particular while from mungo they were around 400 people that were killed. When attacks happened, they tried to run but the Fulani terrorists pursued and killed them.
One of the victim’s head was cut off. And after 2 days, the father was called to come and carry the dead body and he was buried. Meanwhile, men in the village had moved their wives and children to IDP camps after the attacks.
Also, attackers targeted the community’s food barns and all of them were burnt down. One could still see the remnant of maize, soya bean that they burnt down on ground.
Another person who shared her experience with me said he ran towards the checkpoint to tell the soldiers that his community is under attack, that they should come to their rescue but the soldiers said that they cannot come because they did not have ammunitions to engage the terrorists.
One of the victims said his mum was shot and he had to rush her to the hospital but she died 2 days after with her head and leg cut off.
What is the condition of NTV Community now?
There is a mining site that is close to the place, on our way out today, we noticed that there were Fulanis that are mining at the location. I took a video of it. But, main resident of the community had already gone, but you can see mining activities being carried out by the Fulani.
them together. No matter what happens one person must always insist that for some desired reason the other person deserves to die and this is exactly what is happening.
And when we began to mention negotiations, they made it clear to us that they are not against negotiations, but every time they are set for negotiations, there will be an attack on them. Let’s say Saturday is a negotiations day, on Friday evening they will come and kill some of them. So, the people we are talking about do not even want negotiations. What they want is to come and grab the land, occupy the land and have their ethnic cleansing to just wipe away certain group of people from the earth surface.
What is the condition of the community attacked?
Currently, the NTV community is like a graveyard, no women, no children; they have all moved to the IDP camps, some few men are still there.
What would you suggest the terrorists are looking for in those over 27 villages they attacked?
Regardless of their religion and their ethnic group and culture, if they provide evidences that the lands belong to them or they have ancestral claim to the land, we are very hospitable in the middle belt they are welcome to stay and be a part of us and live among us. But we cannot have claims to a land and have documents with us showing that the land belongs to us and you come and occupy the land and the government is just there watching them, in that case the govt is either colliding with the terrorist for ethnic cleansing or the govt is claiming they don’t know what’s happening or that they are incapacitated.
How are you keeping yourself safe?
Since I started speaking about ethnic cleansing, I have had series of threats from different people. Some cases where people offered some money for whoever knew my location, people have called on if I should be killed already. There have being negative comments about me.
For now, I’m just trying to stay safe, I have tried my best not to disclose my location to anyone and just be as discreet as possible because in some instances I have had people call me out. I know their eyes are all over the place trying to look for where I am.
As a people we are not even asking for ammunitions or revenge, we are asking for justice and the term justice is defined to us as evacuating the terrorists from our locations. We just want to farm our people are largely farmers. Over land is fertile and we are farmers, If you ask an average Middle Beltan, they just want to farm and mind their thing, but to say that you will not let me farm, not let me exit even in the IDP camp is even worse.
So we are calling on the federal government if at all they are not colluding with the terms to come and cleanse us as a people, can they evacuate the terrorists who have occupied the land illegally? The ones who are there legally are very much welcome to stay.
We are not even asking for money or compensation, what we want is to exit and be able to live freely, cook and eat. So, we are pleading with the federal government if you are not colluding with the terms by all means, please, evacuate them let the 4000 families who are displaced return to their land.