Scoop has an Ethical Paywall
License needed for work use Register



Cablegate: Nigeria: Renewed Violence in Eastern Plateau State

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.




E.O. 12958: N/A

1. (SBU) At approximately 16:00 on October 8, Conoff received
a report from an AmCit in Jos of ethnic fighting in eastern
Plateau State. According to the AmCit, the fighting that had
flared a few days ago in the Local Government Areas (LGAs)of
Langtang and Pankshin had rekindled with greater intensity.
The conflict essentially pits pastoral Fulani against farmers
from various other groups but has taken on a distinct
inter-ethnic tinge. The Plateau State government has
downplayed the scope and severity of the reported violence.
When we tried to confirm the reports, Gabriel Makan, PA to
Governor Dariye, denied any outbreaks of violence on October
8. We find the AmCit more credible than Makan.

2. (U) According to the Amcit, small villages around Langtang
and Pankshin were most affected by the fighting. (Pankshin is
about 85 km South East of Jos and Lantang is about 130 km
South East of Jos.) The Amcit also reported fighting in
Bukuru, about 12 kilometers southwest of Jos, had taken place
the morning of October 7. Some distance from the both
Pankshin and Langtang, the Bukuru violence may not be related
to the incidents at the other locations. However, it
demonstrates that portions of Plateau State remain volatile,
and unrest can easily be sparked in these areas.

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading

Are you getting our free newsletter?

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.

3. (SBU) Governor Dariye's Assistant Makan confirmed the
village of Kumkwan in Kanam LGA had been substantially
destroyed but insisted the destruction occurred October 1.
Makan further asserted the conflict in Kumkwan was between
the ethnically related Tarok and Bagam tribes; Fulani were
not involved. (Note: The Plateau State Government has
publicly stated that order was restored days ago; However,
the Amcit report contradicts this. In fact, it indicates
that the situation in the eastern part of the state may have
deteriorated, perhaps due to reprisal attacks by those caught
on the defensive in the earlier unrest. End Note.)

4. (SBU) According to Makan, Bukuru was the site of a minor
incident on October 6. The State Government has plans to
erect a permanent market but shop owners protested when their
make-shift stores were demolished to make room for the
permanent structure. Makan stated the police quickly
restored order and no lives were lost. Bukuru is close to
the Abuja-Akwanga-Jos highway.

4. (U) Plateau State is home to a significant number of
AmCits, mainly missionaries, and Post will continue to
monitor the situation and report any new developments.

5. (U) There were no reports of any Amcits caught in the

© Scoop Media

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading
World Headlines

UN News: Aid Access Is Key Priority

Among the key issues facing diplomats is securing the release of a reported 199 Israeli hostages, seized during the Hamas raid. “History is watching,” says Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths. “This war was started by taking those hostages. Of course, there's a history between Palestinian people and the Israeli people, and I'm not denying any of that. But that act alone lit a fire, which can only be put out with the release of those hostages.” More

Save The Children: Four Earthquakes In a Week Leave Thousands Homeless

Families in western Afghanistan are reeling after a fourth earthquake hit Herat Province, crumbling buildings and forcing people to flee once again, with thousands now living in tents exposed to fierce winds and dust storms. The latest 6.3 magnitude earthquake hit 30 km outside of Herat on Sunday, shattering communities still reeling from strong and shallow aftershocks. More

UN News: Nowhere To Go In Gaza

UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said some 1.1M people would be expected to leave northern Gaza and that such a movement would be “impossible” without devastating humanitarian consequences and appeals for the order to be rescinded. The WHO joined the call for Israel to rescind the relocation order, which amounted to a “death sentence” for many. More

Access Now: Telecom Blackout In Gaza An Attack On Human Rights

By October 10, reports indicated that fixed-line internet, mobile data, SMS, telephone, and TV networks are all seriously compromised. With significant and increasing damage to the electrical grid, orders by the Israeli Ministry of Energy to stop supplying electricity and the last remaining power station now out of fuel, many are no longer able to charge devices that are essential to communicate and access information. More


Join Our Free Newsletter

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.