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How the Nigerian Senator and others died in the attacks in Jos, Plateau state - House members
| July 10, 2012
Presenting a report, on the floor of the National Assembly, during an emergency sitting in honour of the lawmakers â Senator Gyang Dantong and Hon. Gyang Fulani - who were killed during a burial ceremony in Plateau state on Monday. Hon Daniel Dem who represents the Riyom Constituency in the Plateau State House of Assembly, said "We were all there together at the mass burial for 64 victims. There were three mass graves, two in Barkin Ladi and one in Riyom Local Government Area, which is my constituency. We decided to start with mine before going to those of Barkin Ladi. The original time of the mass burial had to be extended because the local rescue teams were still discovering more corpses from the bush. At the end of the search, we had 80 corpses of victims to bury in Barkin Ladi and we had 60 to bury in Maseh, Riyom. âBut at about 2:30 pm on the fateful Sunday, we commenced the burial first at Maseh, my constituency. While we were there, we were hearing gun shots from behind the hills, but we were not seeing them. So, we continued with what we were doing. But all of a sudden, the gunmen started jumping down from the mountains. The sight of the attackers caused people to begin to flee; everyone had to run as far as your legs could take you. The running caused serious stampede because the security agents that were among us were also running for their dear lives. We thought they would face the gunmen and repel them but they fled and you can imagine the stampede. âIt was after we ran for about two kilometres that my colleague, Hon Gyang Fulani, collapsed. Not very far from that place, we saw Senator Dantong on the ground; the same thing with Hon Mwadkwon. The rest of us were trying to revive them one after the other, but my distinguished senator could not make it, just as Hon Fulani. We got a vehicle and rushed them to the hospital but it was already late, the damage had been done. I could not believe what I saw with my eyes. âThe most pathetic situation is that corpses of over 100 people of our constituencies are lying outside without burial. This case is obviously beyond the security here. The Federal Government needs to send more troops to help because while those killed are yet to be buried, the gunmen are still around and the information reaching us is that they are going to raid more villages.â The commander of the Special Task Force in Jos, Maj.-Gen. Henry Ayoola, also confirmed that both lawmakers died in a stampede at the mass burial in Barkin Ladi. At a news conference, he said: âToday at about 2.00pm during the burial of the deceased persons at Maseh village, there was sporadic shooting from the range of the hills surrounding the area, which led to a stampede, in the course of which three legislators slumped and were rushed to the hospital. âUnfortunately, Senator Dantong (Plateau North Senatorial District) and Hon. Fulani of the Plateau State House of Assembly died while Hon. Simon Mwadkon of the House of Representatives survived and has been discharged.â The Arewa Consultative Forum, also released a statement condemning the attacks and called for the Federal Government to ensure that the perpetrators were caught and dealt with to serve as a deterrent to others. The ACF's statement said, âThe news of the killing of innocent people in some villages in Barki Ladi of Plateau state, Nigeria, has come to the Arewa Consultative Forum with great shock. âTremendous shock not only because the killings included women and children, but also because they have occurred just after the recent reconciliatory meetings between the warring factions, as well as after the recent visit to Plateau State by the new National Security Adviser in continuation of his search for how best to address the security challenges across the country. âMore depressing has been the killing of Senator Dantong and the Majority Leader of Plateau State House of Assembly as well as the wounding of a member of the House of Reps. It is, therefore, with heavy heart that ACF wishes to call on all those who derive pleasure in violent killing of neighbours as their own ways of addressing grievances to stop such drift to the Stone Age when communal violence was the deed in fashion. ACF also calls on the governments and security agencies to prosecute perpetrators of such heinous crimes against humanity as a deterrent for future occurrences.â

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Gwong    Bukuru, Nigeria    July 13, 2012
The Lord is our strength. Pls govt, hav mercy on my pple
fatima    ,     July 11, 2012
This means we have a useless government in Nigeria there only there for money. Not for the sake of Nigerians all this madness that is happening is lack of good leaders.
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