by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
PLATEAU STATE – Plateau State Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Ahmed Idris Wase, has condemned the gruesome murder of village head of Nyalum, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi, by suspected bandits, in Wase local government area of the State.
In a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday by his Chief Press Secretary, Umar Muhammad Puma, the Deputy Speaker noted that, he was deeply touched and devastated by the news of the killing of the Village Head of Nyalum, Alh. Muhammadu Sanusi.
He regretted the cruel and gruesome manner in which the traditional ruler was killed by suspected bandits, saying, “It called for serious concerns,” and acknowledged the concerted efforts of security agencies to rid communities of criminal elements.
“There is the need for special attention to be accorded the area,” he said, and urged the security agencies to go after the misguided criminal elements in communities and scale-up intelligence gathering, calling for community volunteering and participation in the process.
He cautioned the security operatives not to rest on their oars in fishing out the perpetrators, and equally called on security agencies in the state to spare nothing in ensuring that justice prevails for the victim’s family and the people of Plateau State.
The Deputy Speaking also urged the security operatives to put measures in place to ensure that such avoidable deaths and attacks are brought to an end.
While extending his sincere condolences to the people and government of Plateau State, he urged citizens to see these attacks on their lives and livelihood as a challenge to their rights to exist and live as free citizens.
He prayed Allah to forgive the shortcomings of the late traditional ruler and grant him Jannatul Firdaus.
Our correspondent gathered that, the Nyalum Village Head was killed on Monday night, along with two other residents of the area.
Information was gathered that, the attackers invaded the village around 9:30pm in their numbers and started shooting sporadically, and thereafter went straight to the traditional ruler’s house and killed him before abducting five members of his family, including his two wives.
It was also learnt that the gunmen made away with a good number of motorcycles belonging to people of the community.
DSP Alabo Alfred, who is spokesperson of the Plateau State Police Command, has confirmed the incident, saying, investigation has commenced.