|Persecution in Dogo Nahauwa |
remains unchanged one year
after a massacre.
Despite a heavy security presence in the area, entire families were murdered on March 7, 2010, using tactics that have since become the hallmark of attacks on non-Muslim villages.
Villagers were awaken in the early hours of the morning by gunfire and shouting, as homes were set on fire and victims hacked with machetes. Women and children in particular were targeted, a trend that has only become more widespread in the past year.
On that occasion, the army was slow to respond with assistance, leading some victims to question their commitment to tackling the violence.
Confidence in the security services has continued to plummet as attacks regularly occur in villages within close proximity to military outposts. Concerns of possible collusion in the violence by some parts of the army have grown, following increasing reports of attackers dressed in military uniform or driving military vehicles, and the discovery of military ID, bullet shells and attire at some of the crime scenes.
This year alone, violent nighttime attacks on villages and university and college campuses in Plateau State, have left more than 50 people dead.