Investigation has revealed that no fewer than 64 Nigerians have been killed by gunmen suspected to be killer Fulani herdsmen in Plateau, Nasarawa and Kaduna states during the Covid-19 lockdown.
In Bassa LGA of Plateau state alone, 34 people died in separate attacks on different Irigwe villages in the last two months according to local media reports.
Similarly, in Southern Kaduna, Kajuru local government, report has it that 4 persons where killed in April while 22 were killed in May, bringing the number of those killed by the alleged Fulani herdsmen to 26 in two months.
Also, in the Southern senatorial district of Nasarawa state, Keana local government, 4 farmers were reportedly killed by the alleged Fulani herdsmen this Month.
These killings are coming amidst the deadly Corona Virus pandemic dabbed COVID 19 which is ravaging the world, forcing the Nigeria government to shift attention from other duties to tackling the scourge of the pandemic.
A comparative analysis reveals that only 4 people from Kaduna and 1 person each from Plateau and Nasarawa states have died from the Covid-19 disease, bringing the total number to 6 as against the 64 killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen.
Findings by our correspondent also reveal that the attacks were carried out when the villagers were obeying the lockdown measures enforced by the government leaving many to wonder how it was successful during the time in question.
This development has led to public outcry in several quarters demanding justice for the victims who are mostly women and children and the need for government to be proactive in checking the excesses of criminals who are taking advantage of the situation to wreak havoc on law abiding citizens.
Since the primary responsibility of government is to safeguard lives and property of it’s citizens as enshrined in the Constitution, there is an urgent need for government at all levels to turn its muscles to fight the activities of criminal elements rather than putting all its weight on the unseen enemy, Corona Virus also known as, covid-19.
A visit to some of the affected communities show the level of destruction by the killers as they burnt and destroyed property worth millions as residents now live in fear of another attack.