by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
Following the attack at Maikatako Village of Bokkos local government area of Plateau State on Tuesday, leading to the death of 11 persons and several others injured, the State Governor, Simon Bako Lalong has directed security forces to go after terrorists, who carried out such heinous crimes.
While condemning the attack, the governor said the killers “must be fished out and brought to justice” for the dastardly act, noting that, the rising incidences of attacks and destruction of farm crops, livestock and other properties within the general Bokkos area is becoming worrisome and must be checked immediately.
He sympathized with families of the victims, and assured that, his administration will not allow terrorists and bandits to take foothold in any part of the State, as all security agencies have been directed to be firm and hard on any person or groups behind the criminal acts.
The governor appealed to communities to always be security conscious and report any suspicious movements to the security agencies for immediate action, particularly during the forthcoming Yuletide season.
Meanwhile, the Commander of ‘Operation Safe Haven’ and GOC 3rd Armoured Division, Maj-Gen. Ibrahim Ali, has paid an on-the-spot assessment to Maikatako Village where he inspected the houses burnt and properties destroyed.
According to him, having received briefing from the Sector Commander on the nature of the attack and efforts made to counter the terrorists, he commended the troops and the community vigilante for their quick intervention, which prevented further losses.
Apart from ordering the deployment of more troops, the STF Commander directed the troops to pursue the fleeing terrorists and ensure that they are apprehended, in line with the directive of the Governor and President.
Gen. Ali also commiserated with the families of victims and the entire community, asking them not to take the law into their hands by engaging in reprisals, and assured them that the security forces will not relent in ensuring that the people get justice.
Also, the Chairman Bokkos Local Government, Joseph Guluwa, along with Commissioner for Higher Education, Prof. Barnard Matur, and former Chairman Bokkos LGA, Hon. Luka Makut, were equally on ground to sympathize with the community.