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Dogo Nahwa - As Peacefully Coexistence Return To Plateau Community 10years After Killings...

Dogo Nahwa - As Peacefully co existence return to Plateau  Community 10 years after killings

March 19,2020.


By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos

Ten Years ago  exactly 7th of  March 2010    Dogo Nahawa community in Barkin Ladi  area of Plateau state came under attack by unknown gunmen killing over 300 persons .



News of the attack had then  spread like wildfire creating panic in parts of the state .

Our correspondent who visited the community recently observed that lasting peace  has returned to the community as farmers and herders now go about their business without any fear of been attacked .

Rachel Bot, a citizen of the community who spoke to our correspondent said our community is now very peaceful and we have resolved to continue to be peaceful.

She said , the local government which was crisis ridden in the past as a result of farmers /herders conflict  and other forms of criminality is now peaceful .


She said advocacy and dialogue had helped substantially in achieving the relative peace being enjoyed in the community .

"Lasting peace has been restored in our community ,we have resolved  to put what happen to us ten years ago behind us "

"People now go about their business without fear "

Another survivor of the 2010 massacre in which over  354 persons lost their lives in the community Benjamin Chuwang, who also spoke to our correspondent said he is glad that peace has returned to the community and that there had been no recent report of conflicts between herders / farmers    described his survival of the killings ten years ago as a miracle.
Benjamin, who was almost half dead but picked for rehabilitation from the gutters by President of Arm of Hope Foundation, Apostle Eugene Ogu, cried and wailed as he relived the memory of how his father, mother and one kid were matched to death in their sleep.

The 200-level student of Abia State University  made this known while speaking  in Jos during the  10th year memorial and foundation laying ceremony of a laboratory, computer Center and examination hall for Arm of Hope Memorial Grammar School, Dogo Nahawa as well as commissioning of three boreholes for the affected villages.

Having lost my father and my mother in the incident, I was left with no hope until I met Apostle Eugene Ogu, who treated me and gave me scholarship right from J SS one to the university level where I am today.”





Our correspondent reports that in commemoration of the  10 year of the  Dogo Nahawa  Massacre , An NGO, Arm of Hope World Outreach perform a foundation laying of laboratory and computer hall to the school it built  for  orphans at Dogo Nahawa area of  Jos South local Government  area of  Plateau state some years ago .





The NGO had  also empowered not less than  30 women through skills acquisition programme and were settled  with cash each after the training.


The President of the Arm of Hope World Outreach, Apostle Eugene Ogu, who spoke to our correspondent  in Jos  on said he is  determined to restore joy and happiness to the people of the community, especially the orphans and the widows.


He said while growing up as a child i had  no parental upbringing as my parents died while i was young , as a child  I have no where to sleep and  my  experience has  made me to understand  the plight of the poor and orphans

"Some  years ago after the massacre ,my NGO  visited the community and discovered that  most children whose children were killed have no access to primary and secondary education."

"This was what pushed us to build a school where all the students in the school whom were  were mostly orphans would be trained free up to their university level, so that they could be able to come back some day and rebuild their community, and put smiles in the faces of others."

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"Our determination in Arm of Hope is to restore joy and happiness in the faces of the people of these community having gone through alot of trauma.

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''I strongly believe, that what i am doing today, is what the parents of these orphans and the husbands of these widows would had done to them if they were to be alive,'' he said.

The cleric  said that he is  determined to give the less privileged a better education from grassroot.

Ogu who was delightful that peace has been restored to the community however  appealed to well meaning Nigerians and Corporate organisation to key into humanitarian services, as the crises especially in the northern parts of the country has renderd alot hopeless.


He said 48 orphans  who lost their parents in Dogo Nahawa will be writing JAMB this year

"We recently bought land in the community to expand  the school "

"We are currently  building  three borehole for the community so that they can  have access to good portable drinking  water "

He appealed   to the federal government  that while considering sponsoring repentant terrorist abroad they should also consider the victims of the terrorist attack .

  We appeal that  victims of  communities  like Dogo Nahauwa , Bassa and other places ravaged by crisis in the past  should  be assisted   ,he added .

Meanwhile  the Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, represented by Secretary to Government of Plateau, Prof. Danladi Atu sympathized with the  community which was devastated about 10 years ago .


Lalong said he is aggressively pursuing the concept of community policing and urged the community to key in so that community members can watch over their  communities.

The governor urged the people to forgive those who did evil to them in the last 10 years and expressed strong hope that most of the children will grow to become pillars of Plateau State.
Also the  state Government  and  critical stakeholders recently  resolved  that the  Operation Rainbow  as a security framework in the State be strengthened and capacity of its operatives increased so that the Neighbourhood Watch component can be a visible channel for intelligence gathering and response





This was contained in a  communiqué issued   after the Plateau state community policing dialogue read by  the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Prof. Danladi Atu .




 The communiqué reads that
"In the face of the recent upsurge of insecurity in most parts of the Country, the Plateau State Government in its bid to deepen and further sustain peace, held a Peace and Security Community Dialogue with the theme: Domestication of Community Policing in Plateau State: Exploring the Indigenous Options .

                                                                                     "The primary objective of the Dialogue was to weave the current national discourse on decentralisation of Security in the face of breaches that is threatening national unity by finding acceptable ways of incorporating community participation in the present security architectural framework in the State."


The      Participants  also agree that Community Policing as a veritable security option in a complex and fragile community should be pursued at all levels;
They also agreed that  a more robust synergy and confidence building be encouraged among the established or statutory security outfits like the Armed Forces, Police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC) and other agencies within the ambits of the Law.


 Atu further  said the participants also agreed that the   initiative of the North Central Governors is commendable in the resolve for the geo-political zone to establish a Community Policing Framework to confront the insecurity threatening the Country's corporate existence.

"Also a Technical Committee  should be  set up by Government to harmonise the presentations and evolve a more sustainable Community Policing Framework for immediate implementation in the State."

He further said   that " Traditional Leaders represents key pillars for intelligence gathering and they should be supported to discharge such responsibility in the overall interest of safety and security."


To further end conflicts between farmers / herders in the sand the husbands of these widows would had done to them if they were to be alive,'' he said.

The cleric  said that he is  determined to give the less privileged a better education from grassroot.

Ogu who was delightful that peace has been restored to the community however  appealed to well meaning Nigerians and Corporate organisation to key into humanitarian services, as the crises especially in the northern parts of the country has renderd alot hopeless.


He said 48 orphans  who lost their parents in Dogo Nahawa will be writing JAMB this year

"We recently bought land in the community to expand  the school "

"We are currently  building  three borehole for the community so that they can  have access to good portable drinking  water "

He appealed   to the federal government  that while considering sponsoring repentant terrorist abroad they should also consider the victims of the terrorist attack .

  We appeal that  victims of  communities  like Dogo Nahauwa , Bassa and other places ravaged by crisis in the past  should  be assisted   ,he added .

Meanwhile  the Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, represented by Secretary to Government of Plateau, Prof. Danladi Atu sympathized with the  community which was devastated about 10 years ago .


Lalong said he is aggressively pursuing the concept of community policing and urged the community to key in so that community members can watch over their  communities.

The governor urged the people to forgive those who did evil to them in the last 10 years and expressed strong hope that most of the children will grow to become pillars of Plateau State.
Also the  state Government  and  critical stakeholders recently  resolved  that the  Operation Rainbow  as a security framework in the State be strengthened and capacity of its operatives increased so that the Neighbourhood Watch component can be a visible channel for intelligence gathering and response





This was contained in a  communiqué issued   after the Plateau state community policing dialogue read by  the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Prof. Danladi Atu .




 The communiqué reads that
"In the face of the recent upsurge of insecurity in most parts of the Country, the Plateau State Government in its bid to deepen and further sustain peace, held a Peace and Security Community Dialogue with the theme: Domestication of Community Policing in Plateau State: Exploring the Indigenous Options .

                                                                   tate and other acts of criminality , the  state Executive Council  recently  approved a bill to prohibit a forceful occupation of landed properties by armed persons.

Our correspondent reports that the  council presided over by Governor  Simon Lalong  also approved a bill for the establishment of the state Disability Right Commission.

Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice,  Barrister  Chris Ahmadu, and his Information counterpart, Mr Dan Manjang, made the disclosure while briefing newsmen after the council’s meeting in Jos the state capital.

Ahmadu said the forceful occupation bill also known as anti-land grabbing bill also had some sections to deal with robbery, kidnapping, cultism and other violence related matters.
“What the law said is to arrest this trend where armed people invade a land, claim ownership, forcefully occupy it.
“The bill prescribe very stringent penalties. Any armed people that invade a community, the penalty is death.
“The mere fact that you can successfully displace the community is not the end of the story.
“The coming into effect of the bill as law, you have three months to vacate.
“All lands within the state that have been forcefully occupied by armed men will be vacated within three months, failing which will become an offence,” he explained.
The attorney general said that the forceful occupants would first be advised to vacate such land and if they refused to do so, the would be compelled to do so appropriately.
He added that cultism had become a serious issue in the state and there was an absence of suitable law to punish members.
According him, the new law passed  seeks to punish mere membership of a cult, identify the group operating in the state and declare the  organization as an unlawful one.
“Mere membership with attract imprisonment of seven years without an option of fine.
“Similarly, kidnapping is one serious vice that the state is grappling with.
“The punishment for the existing law against kidnapping was very mild. But with the new law, if you kidnap somebody and you are caught and convicted you will be sentenced to death.
“We feel such severe punishment is very necessary to serve as deterrent to those who indulge in such vices,”he stated.
To further preach peace in most Plateau communities and Northern Nigeria ,Chairman of the  Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Northern Nigeria, Rev. Yakubu Pam has urged Muslims and Christians in the country to shun religious and ethnic rivalry and embraced the teaching of the two Holy Books for peaceful coexistence in the country.

Rev. Pam disclosed this  while presenting a paper titled, "Struggle for identify in Nigeria: Abrahamic Faith's, ethnicity and ethic conflicts in perspective" during the Da'awah coordination Council of Nigeria  (DCCN) 2nd National Summit on Peaceful coexistence and nation building, held in Jos, Plateau.

"We want people in the grassroot and at home to know that in a meeting of religious leaders from different religions are calling for peace in the country, no more war. Enough of the blood shade, enough of the killings, enough of destroying properties and enough of exchanging of unhealthy wards in the media.

"This time around, we must stop the circles of killings, we must stop the circle of hatred otherwise our children unborn will not forgive us.

"We want religious leaders to talk to their followers that we are calling for peace, Nigeria is a country we are proud of, without this country, we have no any other country and must of the things that are happening were stage manage to make sure that there is crisis.

" Nobody will be happy to see his son being kidnap and killed, nobody will be happy to see his daughter being kidnap and killed, but it takes a mature person to look into the future than to remained in pains.

"As we look into the future, some people must sacrifice for this country to continue in peace and forgiveness must come in if we will sacrifice. I know that our loved ones have been killed but we must forgive".

He called on Nigerians to harnessed their ethnic and religious differences to build the country rather than allowing some individuals to take advantage of it to destroye the nation.

"I want religious leaders to know that we have been used for the negative, we must desist away from being agent of destruction, let us represent what our Holy Books said, we should be the one to build a united Nigeria."

He urged various ethnic groups in the country not to allow politicians take their advantage to divide the people for selfish interest.

Pam noted  that Nigeria needs credible leaders who have the capability and are willing to unite the country and its people without any form of discrimination.
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