The member representing Riyom Constituency in the Plateau State House of Assembly, Daniel Dem, has alerted on the presence of members of the Boko Haram in his constituency. Riyom and neighbouring Barkin-Ladi LGA in northern Plateau had recently been attacked, the most recent being in Riyom on Saturday, May 9, in which two people were killed.
Dem, who is the Majority Leader of the state House of Assembly, recalled that in the past few days, several attacks had taken place around Riyom, especially in villages such as Bagai, Bachit and Rim. He urged the federal government not to allow the creation of another “Sambisa Forest” in his constituency.
A similar alarm was raised just before the general elections when the head, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD Centre), Dr Yakubu Sankey, expressed fears over increased violence and unusual movements which some of his workers sighted in remote parts of Riyom and Barkin-Ladi. Dem called on the Special Task Force (STF) to take immediate steps to protect his people. But STF spokesman, Captain Ikedichi Iweha, dismissed his fears, saying there is nothing like Boko Haram in Plateau State. “It’s just talk, there is nothing like that,” Iweha told Daily Trust in Jos.