CHRICED, a leading voice for human rights and civic education in Nigeria, has issued a scathing condemnation of these heinous acts. In a powerful statement, they denounce the “kid gloves approach” adopted by the authorities, accusing them of prioritizing hollow condolences over decisive action. The organization demands an “urgent counteroffensive” to apprehend the perpetrators and bring them to justice, emphasizing that mere statements cannot heal the wounds inflicted on the shattered communities.
The attack on Bokkos and Barkin Ladi is not an isolated incident; it is a stark symptom of a much broader security crisis plaguing Nigeria. For years, the nation has grappled with various forms of insecurity, from the Boko Haram insurgency in the north to the rising tide of banditry and kidnappings in the central and northern regions. The Plateau State itself has long been a flashpoint of communal clashes and ethnic tensions, often fueled by competition for resources and historical grievances.
CHRICED’s statement delves deeper into the systemic flaws that have exacerbated this vulnerability. They critically examine the current centralized policing system, questioning its effectiveness in protecting rural communities. The statement alleges that this system functions more as a “regime and elite protection” apparatus, neglecting the immediate needs of ordinary citizens facing the everyday threat of violence. They advocate for fundamental reforms, emphasizing the need for community-based policing initiatives that foster trust and facilitate intelligence gathering.
The chilling narrative goes beyond mere statistics and policy critiques. It paints a vivid picture of human suffering. CHRICED recounts the trauma endured by survivors, the devastating loss of loved ones, and the palpable fear that now pervades these communities.