by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
Stakeholders in Jos North local government area of Plateau State have expressed dismay over the recent attacks that led to loss of lives and property, leading to the imposition of (repetitive) curfews.
According to them, most of the crises are pure criminality that are usually exploited using politics, religion and ethnicity to the point of escalation, saying that, the time has come for all well-meaning citizens of Jos North to come together and fish out criminals among them to be punished.
The stakeholders were in Government House for a meeting with the governor to find a way out in solving the present situation of killing in the area, and they assured the State Government that they will increase surveillance within their communities to fish out those instigating the crises as well as perpetrators, in order to maintain peace.
They 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.
Drug and substance abuse, fake news and hate speech were also raised as some of the most disturbing issues that are heightening tensions unnecessarily, which the Government must rise up to address.
Addressing them earlier, Governor Simon Bako Lalong said the meeting with stakeholders from the area was to consolidate on efforts to sustain peace.
He said the recent attacks in the Local Government Area are very disturbing and have brought back sour memories that have been almost forgotten.
While thanking the stakeholders for their roles in calming the tension as well as assisting security agencies to bring the situation under control, he however said, there must be deliberate efforts to ensure that there is no more violence.
He noted that, his administration has done a lot to improve security in the State in the last six years through various avenues, including the Peace Building Agency, and urged them to take control of their areas as government will not allow the breakdown of law and order under any guise. The governor regretted that the government has been forced to use curfew as a last resort, but this can be avoided through dialogue and continuous engagement, and assured them that he will continue to uphold justice and fairness, which is the bedrock for peace.