The Plateau House of Assembly has pledged to work with the Executive to end the killing of innocent persons in the state by gunmen. The Speaker of the Plateau State assembly, Abok Ayuba, made the pledge on Monday when he led some members of the house to communities that were recently attacked with many people killed.
“Plateau State governor has taken serious steps to end these attacks and by the grace of God they will not occur again. As legislators, we will work closely with the governor to ensure that Plateau communities stay in peace,” Ayuba said.
He said that the attacks had thrown a challenge to the people of the state to unite and tackle them.
According to him, an attack on one Plateau person is an attack on all and urged them to unite in the trying times.
The speaker described the attackers as enemies of the state that wanted to break the people’s resolve to stay in peace.
“With what we have seen, we know what to tell the security agencies so that people will stay in peace,” he said.
Mr Yusuf Machen, Chairman, Bokkos Local Government, described the legislators’ visit as consoling.
Machen also described the gruesome murder of the people of Kwatas and other communities in Bokkos as barbaric.
He said that what happened in Kwatas was a genocide as the community never had a problem with any person or group of persons.
The District Head of Bokkos, Chief Monday Adanchin, prayed for the sustenance of efforts by government in ensuring that permanent peace returned to the communities and entire Plateau.
The Mishkaham Mwagavul, Chief Nelson Bakfur, expressed surprise that nobody had been arrested after the attacks.
The paramount ruler said that nobody was safe if the security agencies failed to step up their efforts at apprehending and punishing the perpetrators of the dastardly acts.
The Chairman of Mangu Local Government, Mr Lawrence Danat, on his part said that the presence of security personnel in the area had encouraged the people to return to their homes.