News / Africa

Governor of Nigeria's Violence-Wracked State Blames Army for Inaction

As tension mounts in central Nigerian villages after Sunday's bloodshed in three mostly Christian villages, the state governor says the army could have prevented the attack if it had responded to warnings of the raid.  
 
Plateau State Governor Jonah Jang says the army failed to act, despite intelligence suggesting an attack was imminent.  He spoke of how his personal effort to galvanize the troops into action yielded very little.

"I received a report at about 9 p.m. [Saturday night] that some movements of some people with arms were seen around those villages, and I reported to the commander of the army.  And he told me he was going to move some troops there," he said. "Three hours or so later, I was woken by a call that they have started burning the villages and people were being hacked to death.  And I started trying to locate the commanders; I could not get any of them on the telephone."

Governor Jang, a retired senior air force officer, regretted that state governors in Nigeria have little control over security forces, and yet are deemed to be in charge of security in their states.

"You are the chief security officer of the state yet you do not command even a fly," he said. "What do you use to stop anything?  The security people must have to double up their efforts, particularly the army that said they are now taking over the security of Plateau State because the police is unable to cope.  So I expect that the army should live up to expectation and stop the carnage in Plateau state.  If they cannot, then they should as well get out of the place."

The city of Jos has been under a dusk-to-dawn curfew enforced by the military since a similar crisis in January led to the death of more than 300 persons and thousands were displaced.  It is not clear how the attackers managed to elude the military curfew early Sunday.

Officials said more than 500 people from the mainly Christian Berom ethnic group were hacked to death by a Muslim clan in three villages early Sunday.  Thousands have been killed in recent years in Jos, located 350 kilometers northeast of the Nigerian capital, Abuja.

Already, some Berom gangs have vowed reprisal against the killers, adding to tension in villages in and around Jos.

Nigeria's acting President Goodluck Jonathan sacked the country's national security adviser on Monday.  The West African country is almost evenly divided between Muslims in the north and the predominantly Christian south.  

You May Like

Philippines, Muslim Rebels Try to Salvage Peace Pact

Peace process faces major setback after botched military operation to find terrorists results in bloody gunbattle between government forces, Moro Islamic Liberation Front fighters More

Republicans Expect Long, Expensive Presidential Battle

Political strategist says eventual winner will be one who can put together strongest coalition of various conservative groups that make up Republican Party More

Video New Wheelchair Is Easier to Use, Increases Mobility

Engineers have come up with a lever-operated design that makes use of easily accessible bicycle technology More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Liberia's Almost Last Ebola Patient Grateful but Still Grievingi
X
Benno Muchler
March 26, 2015 3:41 PM
Beatrice Yardolo was to make history as Liberia’s last Ebola patient. Liberians recently started counting down 42 days, the period that has to go by without a single new infection until the World Health Organization can declare a country Ebola-free. That countdown stopped on March 20 when there was another new case of Ebola, making Yardolo’s story a reminder that Ebola is far from over. Benno Muchler reports from Monrovia.
Video

Video Liberia's Almost Last Ebola Patient Grateful but Still Grieving

Beatrice Yardolo was to make history as Liberia’s last Ebola patient. Liberians recently started counting down 42 days, the period that has to go by without a single new infection until the World Health Organization can declare a country Ebola-free. That countdown stopped on March 20 when there was another new case of Ebola, making Yardolo’s story a reminder that Ebola is far from over. Benno Muchler reports from Monrovia.
Video

Video Cambodian Land Grabs Threaten Traditional Communities

Indigenous communities in Cambodia's Ratanakiri province say the government’s economic land concession policy is taking away their land and traditional way of life, making many fear that their identity will soon be lost. Local authorities, though, have denied this is the case. VOA's Say Mony went to investigate and filed this report, narrated by Colin Lovett.
Video

Video US, South Korea Conduct Joint Military Exercises

The Eighth U.S. Army Division and the Eighth Republic of Korea Mechanized Infantry Division put on a well orchestrated show of force for the media this week during their joint military training exercises in South Korea. VOA’s Seoul correspondent Brian Padden was there and reports the soldiers were well disciplined both in conducting a complex live fire exercise and in staying on message with the press.
Video

Video Space Program Status Disappoints 'Last Man on the Moon'

One of the films that drew big crowds last week at the annual South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, tells the story of the last human being to stand on the moon, U.S. astronaut Eugene Cernan. It has been 42 years since Cernan returned from the moon and he laments that no one else has gone there since. VOA’s Greg Flakus reports.
Video

Video Young Filmmakers Shine Spotlight on Giving Back

A group of student filmmakers from across the United States joined President Barack Obama at the White House this month for the second annual White House Student Film Festival. Fifteen short films were officially selected from more than 1,500 entries by students aged 6 through 18. The filmmakers and their families then joined the president and a group of celebrities for a screening of their films. VOA’s Julie Taboh reports.
Video

Video VOA Exclusive: Interview with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, during his first visit as president to Washington, gave a one-on-one interview with VOA Afghan Service reporter Said Suleiman Ashna, about his request for a change in U.S. troop levels, the threat from the Islamic State, and repairing relations with the United States and Pakistan. The interview was held at Blair House, late Sunday, in Pashto.
Video

Video California Science Center Tells Story of Dead Sea Scrolls

The ancient manuscripts were uncovered in the mid-20th century, and they are still yielding clues about life and religious beliefs in ancient Israel. As VOA's Mike O'Sullivan reports, an exhibit in Los Angeles shows how modern science is bringing the history of these ancient documents to life.
Video

Video Angelina Jolie Takes Another Bold Step

Hollywood actress and filmmaker Angelina Jolie has revealed she had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to lower her odds of getting cancer. Doctors say the huge publicity over her decision will help raise awareness about the importance of cancer screening. VOA’s George Putic has more

All About America

Circumventing Censorship

An Internet Primer for Healthy Web Habits

As surveillance and censoring technologies advance, so, too, do new tools for your computer or mobile device that help protect your privacy and break through Internet censorship.
More