by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
Following the recent attack at Yelwa Zangam Village of Jos North local government area of Plateau State, Governor Simon Lalong has directed that a Police Station be established in the village and assured them that the newly trained vigilante will be deployed to the area.
He also directed that relief materials be supplied immediately to alleviate the suffering of the victims. As a follow-up on the incident, he visited the residence of the village head, which was destroyed as well as the bridge linking the community, and directed that immediate repairs be carried out.
According to him, he has mandated the security agencies to fish out the killers, no matter how long it takes, because all the attacks in the State are purely acts of criminality, no matter the attempts by some persons to change the narrative.
The governor urged the people to be consoled as no amount of conjecture will bring back the dead, and assured them that he will ensure that those killed get justice as those arrested will be prosecuted diligently.
He asked the Anaguta people and others, who have suffered in recent attacks, to ignore the attempt by some politicians to incite them and pitch them against the government under the guise that they care for them.
Speaking during the governor’s visit, the Ujah of Anaguta, His Royal Highness Pozo Johnson Magaji Jauro, said the Anaguta nation is grieved with the attack, which was very barbaric and carefully planned, but cannot put the blame on Governor, who has not only empowered the security agencies to protect the people, but has also established structures to promote peaceful coexistence.
He said what is needed now is for the Governor to be supported to pursue the cause of justice by ensuring that the perpetrators are fished out and punished according to the law.
He urged, thus: “I want everyone to quote me: I am the Chief mourner of this tragedy and nobody can mourn more than me. Let me appreciate the swift response of the security agencies and Government when we were attacked.
“I am not blaming Governor Lalong for the attack; I have been hearing all sorts of nonsense on the social media – how can somebody emancipate you and then turn back to kill you? This narrative is very, very unfortunate. Governor Lalong is a lover of Anaguta people, lover of Jos North, lover of Plateau State and lover of peace,” he said.
Also speaking, Mr. Sunday Bunu, who chairs Anaguta Development Association, said the community has been exposed due to lack of a Police Station and access road, which made (security) response difficult during the attack.
He asked for compensation for the victims, rehabilitation of houses destroyed, payment of hospital bills, reconstruction of Kunga Bridge, as well as the construction of an alternative road linking the village to the permanent site of the University.
A representative of the affected families, Mr. Bitrus Pada, who lost members of his family, said a total of 33 people were killed during the attack, while several others were injured and are receiving treatment in various hospitals.
He said they need urgent supply of food items and temporary shelter, as most of their possessions were burned and looted.