Photo: Gov Lalong at the meeting with the stakeholders
We’ll expose perpetrators of Plateau killings, stakeholders tell Gov Lalong
Stakeholders from Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State have expressed dismay over the recent attacks that led to loss of lives and properties leading to the imposition of curfews and vowed to fish out the perpetrators of recent killings in the state.
The stakeholders who made this known during a meeting with Gov Simon Lalong held at the Government House Rayfield, Jos, said that most of the killings emanated from pure acts of criminality which were usually exploited using politics, religion and ethnicity to the point of escalation.
According to them, the time had come for all well meaning citizens of Jos North to come together and fish out criminals among them to be punished.
They assured the Governor that they would increase surveillance within their communities to fish out those instigating the crises as well as perpetrators in order to maintain peace.
The stakeholders also warned those fuelling the situation in Jos North through provocative statements to desist as they will no longer watch and see people from outside the State instigating violence while they bear the brunt.
They also commended the efforts of Governor Lalong towards restoring peace in Plateau State over the past six years, stressing that there has been more engagement, empowerment of security agencies, equity and fair representation, and efforts to boost economic growth.
The stakeholders also identified drug and substance abuse, fake news and hate speech as some of the most disturbing issues that were heightening tensions unnecessarily and advised Government to rise up to address them immediately.
Governor Lalong while addressing the stakeholders, said the recent attacks in Jos North Local Government Area were very disturbing and had brought back sour memories that have been almost forgotten.
He thanked the stakeholders for their roles in calming the tension as well as assisting security agencies to bring the situation under control.
He, however, told them that there must be deliberate efforts to ensure that there was no more violence.
The Governor said his administration had done a lot to improve security in the State in the last six years through various avenues including the Peace Building Agency.
He asked them to take control of their areas as Government would not allow the breakdown of law and order under any guise.
Lalong regretted that the Government had been forced to use curfew as a last resort, but this could be avoided through dialogue and continuous engagement.
He also assured them that he would continue to uphold justice and fairness which is the bedrock for peace.