by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau state says arrests had already been made over the recent killing of a tradition ruler in Ratsat Village of Foron District, Barkin Ladi LGA, the killing of a DSS operative in Shendam as well as the killing of 5 people in Vwang District Jos South local government, saying, the perpetrators would be brought to book.
He expressed worry over the recent incidences of security breaches in the state leading to loss of lives. Following these incidences, Governor Lalong met with heads of security agencies where he directed an onslaught against criminals and urged security agencies to collaborate with community leaders and other members of the local communities to facilitate investigations into the security challenges in their respective areas.
Governor Lalong also appealed to social media bloggers to report with caution and establish the authenticity of their reports, while assuring the people of the state of the state government’s commitment to protect their lives and property.
Briefing journalists at the end of the emergency security meeting at Government House, Rayfeild in Jos, Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Danladi Atu, said, government noticed the quick response of security agencies but still encourages security agencies to interface with the local population, particularly traditional and community leaders, in trying to collaborate to ensure citizens are well secured.
“The state government is calling on all community leaders, citizens of Plateau, traditional rulers, to cooperate with security agencies and other non-formal security actors to safeguard the environment, by availing intelligence reports to help in addressing the security challenges we are facing,” he said.
Prof. Atu revealed that, resolutions reached at the end of the meeting were that government would ensure that investigations into the security challenges were concluded and the culprits punished.
He stated further that, in the areas where there are farmers/herders’ skirmishes, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), who are custodians of the agro-rangers, would be deployed in areas such as Barkin-Ladi, Riyom and other areas where such clashes are noticed.