The Northern Senator’s Forum has condemned the mass killings in Plateau State, saying the “brutal act is indefensible, devoid of reason, and stains our shared humanity.”
At least 145 persons were killed in bandits’ attacks on 23 villages in Bokkos and Barkin Ladi local government areas of Plateau State.
The attacks, which also left hundreds of people injured and property destroyed, were said to have occurred from Saturday night to the early hours of Monday.
The Northern senators, in a statement by their spokesperson, Senator Suleiman Kawu Sumaila, called for a thorough investigation into the attacks and the arrest of the perpetrators to face the full force of the law.
They also urged the federal government to consolidate investigation reports of similar cases, taking necessary action to prevent future occurrences.
The statement reads: “It is with profound sorrow and a weighty heart that, as a forum, we address you on the recent tragic incident of mass killing in Plateau State.
“This brutal act is indefensible, devoid of reason, and stains our shared humanity. We unequivocally condemn such heinous acts and express our deepest condolences to the affected families, loved ones, the people, and the Government of Plateau State. Their immense loss is a collective grief, and we stand united in our determination to seek justice.
“In our legislative role, we strongly condemn this reprehensible act and call upon the authorities to promptly initiate a comprehensive investigation. Allocating necessary resources to swiftly identify and apprehend the perpetrators is paramount. They must face the full force of the law, ensuring justice prevails.
“During these trying times, unity among citizens is crucial. We must draw on our shared values of compassion, empathy, and respect to support one another and provide solace to those affected. This collective effort will foster resilience to overcome this dark chapter in our history.
“As representatives of the people, we urge the federal government to consolidate investigation reports of similar cases, taking necessary action to prevent future occurrences.
“Moreover, let us reflect on the importance of upholding peace, unity, and understanding within our country. We must recommit to fostering an inclusive atmosphere where diversity is celebrated, and differences are resolved through dialogue and peaceful means.
“In conclusion, we reiterate our strong condemnation of this abhorrent act of mass killing. We implore everyone to stand united against violence, support the affected families, and trust our law enforcement agencies to bring the perpetrators to justice. Together, we shall prevail, and our country will emerge stronger.
“May peace be restored to our nation, and may our hearts find solace in these challenging times.”