The death toll in the attacks that occurred in Nigeria’s Plateau state has risen to nearly 200, local authorities announced on Wednesday. In connection with this incident, the President of Nigeria ordered “security agencies to immediately intervene and arrest the perpetrators.”
The attacks occurred from Saturday evening to Tuesday morning. Local official Dickson Chollom told AFP that “148 inhabitants of the village of Bokko were murdered in cold blood” and that there were “at least 50 people killed” in four other villages.
Currently, “500 injured and thousands of refugees have been reported,” Monday Kassah, a local government representative, told AFP on Tuesday.
Violence in Plateau State
President Nigeria Bola Tinubu ordered “security agencies to immediately intervene, search every part of the area and arrest the perpetrators,” a press release from the president’s office said.
Plateau is one of the most ethnically and religiously diverse states in Nigeria. Hundreds of people have died in conflicts between specific groups in recent years. In May, fighting between farmers and herders resulted in over 100 deaths, Reuters reported.
The violence taking place in Plateau state is often portrayed as a manifestation of the conflict between Muslim shepherds and farmers, most of whom are Christians, Reuters reported, noting that the clashes also contributed to climate change and expanding cultivation.