Soldiers watched as Muslims killed us, stopped our Christian brothers from helping – Mangu massacre survivor

As residents continue to reel from the impact of the latest violent attacks in Plateau state that killed thirty persons, disturbing claims of military complicity in the atrocities have continued to dominate discourse about the tragic incident.

Recall that violence broke out in the beleaguered Mangu local government area of the middle belt state again on Tuesday when suspected Fulani expansionists attacked some villagers, burnt houses and destroyed farm produce.

A survivor who preferred anonymity said she was able to move out before the attackers laid siege on her residence and razed it

She disclosed that her son arranged a security vehicle which evacuated her before her house and other properties were burnt.

She, however, said while the security operatives were instrumental to her escape from the zone of destruction, they did not do anything to stop the attackers.

Her words, “My house is at Sabon Kaswa. On Tuesday morning, we woke up at about 6 am and started hearing gunshots sound. It got intensified so we got out and tried to see or hear what was happening. When we didn’t know what was happening, we went back inside but we saw the Muslims in the neighbourhood moving in their numbers to the direction of the gunshots. We came out again and saw how menacing they were moving towards us and we got scared because we were only a few Christian families surrounded by the Muslims.

We moved to the Church, COCIN Church, Sabon Kaswa and our Reverend and everyone with security numbers were calling the security to come but they delayed. The Hausa and Fulani boys were moving menacingly as their wives whom we never had any problem started insulting us. I later called my son to help and he went to find a group of security men. They asked that he buy petrol for them and he did. The security came, picked up a few of us and dropped us at the Gindiri junction.

From the Gindiri junction, I went to a friend’s house and it was there I got information that my house was burnt after they looted my property. We also saw the security that was brought did not allow our Christian brothers to come around to help us. They were blocked but they allowed the Muslims to be burning Christians’ houses. The security that came around did nothing as my house, our Church and other Christian homes were burnt down.

“I heard that they parked bags of maize, rice, gari and all that I sell. They then went into the compound and burgled all the rooms. They injured some people and later set the house ablaze. A neighbour who was seriously sick and couldn’t move was burnt alongside his family members in his house.”

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