Dachung Musa Bagos, a former member of the Plateau State House of Representatives representing Jos South/Jos East, has attributed the killings and insecurity in Plateau State to land grabbers exploiting these communities for illegal mining and agricultural activities.
In an interview, Bagos emphasized that the prevalent narratives surrounding the killings, such as ethnic, religious, or farmer/herder clashes, are misleading. According to him, the core issue is land grabbing for illicit purposes, specifically citing over 60 communities wiped out on the Plateau since 2001.
He asserted that the wrong narratives have been perpetuated over the years, diverting attention from the actual problem. Bagos argued that the targeted communities have economic potentials, including mining and fertile land suitable for farming and cattle rearing.
Bagos refuted the notion of a crisis or clash on the Plateau, stating that the attacks are orchestrated to drive people out of their communities rather than a result of conflicts. He urged a shift in perspective to address the root causes effectively.
Regarding peace recommendations, Bagos criticized the focus on political solutions, calling for the involvement of security agencies in thoroughly investigating and reporting on Plateau killings. He highlighted instances where evidence, such as sim cards and ID cards found on the sites, was provided to security, but no action was taken.
While acknowledging the efforts of security agencies, Bagos stressed the need for increased personnel to prevent further killings. He proposed replicating the security arrangements seen during elections to protect lives in Plateau, emphasizing the importance of prioritizing lives over votes.