More than 20 corpses were on Wednesday dumped at the main gate of the Platea State House of Assembly, Jos Nigeria, and Plateau State Government House in Little Rayfield Jos, Nigeria, following the attack on Yelwan Zangam village in Jos North Local Government Area of the state. This was a part of the protest by angry youths.
The protest by hundreds of angry youths was in the aftermath of Tuesday’s night attack on Yelwan Zangam, a community inhabited by the Anaguta ethnic group in the outskirt of Jos, the state capital.
There are many versions of the reasons behind the night raid which community leaders said had claimed 37 lives. Families of some of the victims said the attack was launched by herders but leaders of the Fulani in Plateau State debunked the claim.
Some people said the attack on Yelwan Zangam village might not be unconnected to a land dispute between residents of Yelwan Zangam and a neighboring community, Yelwan Mista Bow.
While police authorities in Plateau State have confirmed the attack on Yelwan Zangam village, they were yet to give details of the actual number of people killed and the suspect behind the act.
However, the angry protesters, who were essentially youths and women, wailed and called for justice as security agents prevented them from accessing Plateau’s seat of government.
Unconfirmed reports said that the people of Yelwan Zangam had earlier Wednesday moved corpses of the victims to Plateau Hospital to deposit them in the mortuary. However, some angry youths stormed the hospital, packed the remains into pickup vans and moved them to the State House of Assembly which is less than a kilometer away.
Thereafter, the youths transported some of the corpses to Little Rayfield and lined them up in front of the government house. The victims include men, women and children.