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Human Rights Lawyer Loses 3rd Relative In Plateau Massacre



Emmanuel Ogebe writes:

The hospitalized wife of my deceased relative and his son killed in the recent Plateau massacre succumbed to the cold hands of death. Their entire family was wiped out in that attack.

Incidentally they were from Benue State but resident in Plateau state thus indicating that non-indigenes were also victims.

This negates the narrative that it was a tribal issue between the Berom people and the Fulanis as falsely portrayed by MACBAN.

Sadly Herdsmen attacks continue in Plateau state as well as in Adamawa state claiming numerous more lives than the 218 already recorded in Jos.

The death toll may be higher still due to the corpses burnt beyond recognition. In my case our family member was fortunate to even be able to reach a hospital and have a burial.

Finally, I have reviewed a dozen early warning tips given to the security agencies leading up to the attacks.

After seeing them, it is clear to me that like the Dogo Nawaha massacre of 2010, there was a failure of intelligence and a willful one at that.

In some cases the military have been helpful but in some they are complicit or tentative. It is really difficult for them to do their work when there’s no political will at the top.


A human rights lawyer, Mr. Emmanuel Ogebe has revealed to ElombaNews that he lost two relatives during the massacre that took place in Jos, Plateau State over the weekend.

Mr. Ogebe disclosed this in a memo he sent to ElombaNews on Tuesday. He wrote:

Sadly I also learnt that a relative of mine and his son were killed in the Plateau massacre. His widow is injured and in hospital now.

With these deaths, I have now lost relatives on both my paternal and maternal sides.

Previously, a Herdsman had destroyed the farm of an aunt’s husband. He reported to the local chief and after mediation between them, the herdsman involved was ordered to pay him compensation for lost crops. That night, the Fulani Herdsman came to his home and shot him to death and went away scot free.

I must add that my dogged advocacy on these issues is not because of this personal loss. I actually found out about my widowed aunt’s case some time after the fact.

Even more sad, a young client who recently contacted me for help litigating a previous attack on his community, has just confirmed 26 relatives killed in these attacks as well. My condolences go to all victims of these horrific events. However it is unclear to me how we can conceivably re-elect failure, blood shed and multiplied insecurity. The current administration has presided over and midwifed a potentially Shiite insurgency, an IPOB one while escalating a Killer Herdsmen one.

I wish to state that at a time when two gallant soccer champions from Jos – Ahmed Musa and Mikel Obi are dazzling the world with their talent at the World Cup, the city of their birth is reeling from mass murder.

This emphasizes the urgent need for human capital development versus retrogressive antediluvian practices.

We cannot in this day and age be complaining about a government house being built on a grazing route.

Against the recent news that Boko Haram Leader ABU Shekau was an almajiri (urchin) in Maiduguri streets, it should be apparent that failure to develop certain citizens have made them a liability to the nation and the sub region.
The duty of self-development and national advancement and global Peace belongs to us all!

Find also attached below:

1. US Congressman Chris Smith’s (Chair of the Africa and Human Rights Subcommittee) latest statement on the wave of killings going on in Nigeria.

2. Finally the video below was provided to our office. We are unsure of the full context but it shows armed men chanting slogans lauding Nigerian President Buhari.

We ask the president to explain who these people are and what connection they have to him and to recent events if any.

We also ask members of the general public with any information that can shed light on this video to let us know in the quest for Peace and justice.

May the souls of the brutally slain dear departed Rest In Peace!

Thank you.

Emmanuel Ogebe
Special Counsel
Justice for Jos Project

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