Plateau: Bokkos bans cultural festivals as attacks turn to farms

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Chairman, Bokkos LGA, Yusuf Machen

Authorities in Central Nigeria have banned all cultural festivals over rising insecurity.

The Chairman of Bokkos Local Government Area, Hon. Yusuf Machen on Tuesday approved the ban in the LGA days after 27 people were killed in Kwatas and other surrounding villages.

Several houses were razed in the January 26, 2020 attacks by suspected herdsmen causing the displacement of over 5000.

The ban according a State official was approved in consultation with security agencies.

It comes as the displaced villagers allege farmland destructions by their supposed attackers.

Chairman of the Forum of Ron Kulere Development Chairmen, Mr. Benjamin Shaweng told Journalists last Thursday that the herders harvest and graze on the villagers’ dry season crops unabated.

Nearby Mangu Local Government had two weeks ago announced a similar ban in “solidarity” with 12 indigenes killed on January 8, 2020 in Kulben village.

Both bans are however likely temporary.

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