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Plateau Massacre! FG move to cover up cause of death of lawmakers

Listen to article can disclose that the Nigerian government will stop at nothing in ensuring that the dreaded Islamic sect, Boko Haram, is not labeled an Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO).To this end, the government has mysteriously changed the cause of

death of the two government officials who were assassinated on sunday by the Islamic sect.

Finding reveals Federal Government are of the view that the designation of Boko Haram as an Foreign Terrorist Organization would cause greater inconvenience for many Nigerian travelers and also internationalize the Boko Haram crisis, Which may be counter-productive.

Senator Gyang Dantong and Hon James Gyang Fulani were gunned down yesterday, during the burial rites of fifty Christians, who died when the building in which they took refuge was razed. But government said they died as a result of stampede.

Speaking to newsmen, Sunday,commander of the Task Force, Major General Henry Ayoola,said, Senator Gyang Dantong and Hon James Gyang Fulani died on Sunday following a stampede during when they slumped and could not be revived but they were shot as was widely reported.

General Ayoola, said, Rep Simon Davou Mwapkon who represents Barkin-Ladi/Riyom Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives who similarly slumped had been treated and discharged from hospital.

Nonetheless, family sources and colleagues insist that the lawmkers, alongside 103 others sustained gunshot injuries and died.

The STF Commander said, 'Today (Sunday), at about 2.00pm during the burial of the diseased persons of Maseh Village, there was sporadic shooting from the range of the hills surrounding the area which led to a stampede, in the course of which three honourable legislators slumped and were rushed to the hospital.

'Unfortunately, Senator Gyang Dantong (Plateau North Senatorial District) and Hon James Gyang Fulani of the Plateau State House of Assembly died, while Hon Simon Mwapkon of the Federal House of Representatives survived and has been discharged.'

He said about 63 people had been confirmed dead following the incident that took place on Saturday, July 7, when 'unknown gunmen attacked Kakuruk and about eight neighbouring villages in Barkin Ladi and Riyom local government areas.'

He said the search for the assailants was on and called on members of the public to volunteer any information that could help in unravelling the case.

He assured that the situation in the affected areas had been brought under control but advised residents where a partial curfew had been imposed to abide by it.

Plateau State Governor, Jonah Jang, placed a curfew on Jos North, Jos South, Barkin Ladi and Riyom local government areas where tension rose Sunday especially after it became known that Senator Gyang Dantong and Hon James Gyang Fulani had died.

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Abatemi-Usman condemns Killing of Senator, 103 others in Plateau

However, Vice Chairman of Senate Committee on Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Nurudeen Abatemi-Usman has described the killing of over 100 Nigerians over the weekend in Plateau State by unknown gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen as barbaric, cruel, heinous and senseless.

In a statement issued by Michael Jegede,media aide to Senator Abatemi-Usman, said, among those killed were Sen. Gyang Daylop Dantong, representing Plateau North Senatorial District, Majority Leader of Plateau State House of Assembly, Hon. Gyang Fulani representing Barkin Ladi Constituency, children and women in the communities attacked.

Abatemi-Usman, representing Kogi Central Senatorial District, noted that the renewed violence in the Plateau is not in the best interest of Nigeria especially as it is coming at a time the Federal Government is making frantic effort to rise up to security challenges in the country.

'It is high time we stopped this senseless and ruthless killing of innocent Nigerians. This bloodbath of helpless citizens of our dear country must stop. The weekend murder of over one hundred Nigerians including a Senator and a member of Plateau State House of Assembly is the greatest height of heartlessness and callousness. I do not think there is any reason that could justified such act of brutal massacre of our fellow brothers and sisters. I condemn this act in its entirety and call on the Federal Government to take a step further in its effort to tackle the general insecurity in and around the country particularly in the northern region,' Abatemi-Usman said in a statement signed by his Special Assistant on, Michael Jegede.

Describing the late Dantong as a gentleman to the core, dedicated and committed lawmaker with great wealth of experience in legislative matters, Abatemi-Usman wished his family members and that of others who lost their lives in the attack the fortitude to bear the irreparable losses.