President Buhari Visits Plateau Over Killings
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday visited Plateau State to commiserate with the government and people of the state over the deadly attacks which left at least 100 people dead.
The President arrived at the Yakubu Gowon Airport around 3:40 pm and was received by Governor Simon Lalong and his Kebbi State counterpart Akiku Bagudu and other government officials.
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President Buhari travelled to Plateau after visiting Cross River State where he inaugurated a rice factory and declared that the country was making progress with its agricultural revolution.
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During his visit, President Buhari will meet with various stakeholders in a town hall meeting at the banquet hall in Government House in Rayfield, Jos.
On Monday, ahead of his visit, the President condemned the attacks in the northcentral state and vowed that necessary steps would be taken to ensure the perpetrators are punished.
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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo paid a condolence visit to Plateau State on Monday. While there, he decried the attacks and assured the people that steps were being taken to protect them.
As far as the Vice President is concerned, there can be no justification for the killings.
Before he left the state, Professor Osinbajo met with government officials, security agencies, traditional rulers and religious as well as community leaders on the recent attacks in the state.
Plateau state was hit with fresh security crisis over the weekend when suspected herdsmen attacked six villages in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area.
Apart from the brutal killings Xlands, Gindin Akwati, Ruku, Nhgar, Kura Falls and Kakuruk in Gashish villages, the attackers burnt at least 50 houses, two vehicles and 15 motorcycles.
To prevent reprisals and the breakdown of law and order, the Plateau State Government on Sunday imposed a curfew on Barkin Ladi and two neighbouring local governments – Riyom and Jos South.
The attack left many displaced while residents fled the affected communities and neighbouring districts.
Nigerians across the country condemned the incident and demanded immediate action.
Top politicians and government officials were not left out with Senate President Bukola Saraki demanding urgent security measures, while the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) called for a review of the country’s security architecture.
On his part, the Inspector-General Of Police, Ibrahim Idris, deployed a police special intervention squad to the state. On Tuesday, the IGP changed the Commissioner of Police for the Plateau State Command.