Plateau Governor Lalong
By Raymond Gukas, Jos
Angered by continuous heinous attacks in the state, Governor Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau State has given security operatives in the state to track down the gunmen that invaded and massacred about 11 persons in Kwatas, Bokkos Loval Government Area.
Lalong in a statement by his Director of Press Affairs, Simon Macham Makut, described the attack as yet another attempt by “criminals who do not mean well for the State to take it back to the dark days of insecurity that it has substantially overcome.”
The Governor while commiserating with victims and families of those killed, directed security agencies to go after the perpetrators of this heinous crime and ensure their arrest and prosecution as the State will no longer tolerate the wanton loss of lives.
According to the statement, “my heart again bleeds by this tragedy as lives of innocent citizens are cut short for no reason. Security agencies must go after those who are behind these attacks and their sponsors so they can face the law and be taught a lesson. We do not need another circle of bloodshed in Plateau State as all well meaning citizens have committed to peaceful coexistence and tolerance. My administration will not allow anyone, no matter how highly placed to jeopardize this peace.”
The Governor again restates his determination to work with the Federal Government and relevant stakeholders in strengthening community policing architecture in the State with robust intelligence gathering and early intervention to forestall reoccurence.
He then called for calm as the government and security agencies will ensure that justice is done to those affected.
This is the second time such attacks has occurred in the state in 2020. It is recalled that 12 people were similarly killed in
Kulben village of Mangu Local Government Area, which left about 12 deaths in its trail by suspected fulani herdsmen.