Lawmaker Escapes Gunmen Attack In Plateau

A file photo of Rep Musa Agah Avia
A file photo of Rep Musa Agah Avia

 

Newly elected member representing Jos North/Bassa Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Musa Agah Avia escaped an ambush by gunmen on Tuesday night.

In a statement signed by the National Secretary of Irigwe Development Association, Danjuma Dickson Auta, the lawmaker alongside his wife and children as well as his personal assistant and driver were ambushed along twin hill in Miango chiefdom of Bassa local government area of Plateau State.

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Although they all escaped unhurt the car was battered with gunshot bullets as the driver against all odds bravely manoeuvred the vehicle amidst the sporadic shooting by the attackers.

The statement added that two others who were on a motorcycle and ahead of the lawmaker’s vehicle ran into the ambush and were killed by the attackers.

Security agencies are yet to react to the incident which occurred near the spot where some people were killed recently during a festival ceremony in the chiefdom.

 

Bandits Kill Several In Plateau, Lalong Charges Security Agencies To Go After Murderers

A shallow grave where the victims of the attack in Plateau State were being buried.

 

 

Following the killing of several persons in different communities of Kanam and Wase Local Government Areas of Plateau State North Central, Governor Simon Lalong has directed security forces to dominate the affected areas and go after the fleeing terrorists and ensure that they pay for their crime.

The governor’s directive was given in a statement signed by the Director, Press and Public Affairs, Simon Makut on Tuesday.

An unspecified number of people including children, women and several elderly persons were killed in different communities in the state on Sunday.

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Reports from the affected areas indicate that bandits invaded no fewer than 10 villages in Garga comprising Kukawa, Gyanbawu, Dungur, Kyaram, Yelwa, Dadda, Wanka, Shuwaka, Gwammadaji and Dadin Kowa which resulted in the death of over 50 persons and several others sustaining injuries with houses burnt and some other persons still missing.

Dead bodies recovered from the scene of attacks were mass-buried in a shallow grave in Kanam while those injured were said to be receiving treatment at different hospitals as security personnel are combing the affected areas in search of missing persons.

Governor Lalong stressed that the state government has already approached the Federal Government for collaboration to deal with terrorists hibernating in the general area once and for all.

Victims Of Plateau Attacks Buried In Mass Grave 

A shallow grave where the victims of the attack in Plateau State were being buried.

 

Scores of persons killed in a recent attack by bandits in Plateau State, have been buried in a shallow grave in the state.

The bandits had attacked different communities in Kanam and Wase Local Government Areas of Plateau State North Central, on Sunday, killing an unspecified number of people including children, women and several elderly persons.

Reports from the affected areas indicate that bandits invaded no fewer than 10 villages in Garga comprising Kukawa, Gyanbawu, Dungur, Kyaram, Yelwa, Dadda, Wanka, Shuwaka, Gwammadaji and Dadin Kowa which resulted in the death of over 50 persons and several others sustaining injuries with houses burnt and some other persons still missing.

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Dead bodies recovered from the scene of attacks were mass-buried in a shallow grave in Kanam while those injured were said to be receiving treatment at different hospitals as security personnel are combing the affected areas in search of missing persons.

Following the incident, Governor Simon Lalong has directed security forces to dominate the affected areas and go after the fleeing terrorists and ensure that they pay for their crime.

The governor’s directive was given in a statement signed by the Director, Press and Public Affairs, Simon Makut on Tuesday.

Governor Lalong stressed that the state government has already approached the Federal Government for collaboration to deal with terrorists hibernating in the general area once and for all.

APC Has Failed To Protect Plateau State, PDP Ready To Takeover – Wike

Rivers State Governor Wike with ex-Plateau Governor Jonah Jang and other PDP chieftains at the Plateau State High Court on Wednesday, February 9, 2022.

 

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) – led administration in Plateau State has failed to tackle the security crisis in the state and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is ready to take over.

Governor Wike said this on Wednesday while responding to questions from journalists within the premises of Plateau State High Court in Jos, where the fraud trial of former governor of Plateau State, Jonah Jang, was heard.

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He told journalists when the court session went on break that it is obvious that the APC and the Federal Government have failed to bring to an end the needless killings in Plateau and other parts of the country.

“It is not about the Muslims, it is not about Christians. It is not about the North. It is not about the South. The killings, the insecurity, the hardship, the poverty is everywhere.

“Look at what is happening in Plateau State. Look at how innocent people are being killed daily and it also applies in other states. Christians are dying here, Muslims are dying there.

“Plateau State is ripe for Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to take over because APC has performed woefully as far as Nigeria and this state is concerned. I stand to be challenged by anybody,” he said.

Governor Wike said he has not told anyone about running for an election, but it is important that the PDP remain united.

“Every individual has to focus on how the party will be united to salvage the country and to salvage Plateau State too from APC,” he said.

He explained that his visit to Plateau State was to see to reconcile Jeremiah Useni and Jonah Jang.

He said since his visit coincided with the trial of ex-governor Jang, he felt it was appropriate to attend in solidarity.

“I think for me, this is one of those things you face after you’ve served your fatherland. As a mark of solidarity, I’m here to give him courage, to reassure him that we are behind him. We will do all we can within the ambit of the law to give him the support.”

Buhari Condemns Latest Plateau Killings, Says Irigwe-Fulani Peace Deal Must Not Collapse

A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness about the fresh killings in Bassa Local Government of Plateau State.

A statement by his special media aide, Garba Shehu, quotes the president as saying that the recent incident is not in keeping with the principles of the peace agreements reached between the Irigwe and the Fulani in the area.

“My thoughts are with the families of the victims in this time of grief. May their souls rest in peace,” the President said while urging the various communities in the area, and particularly the Plateau State Interreligious Council to do everything possible to commit to the peace agreement and prevent it from falling apart.

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“Every group taking the law into their hands claims to be retaliating. As a society, there is no place for this sort of violence. This is unacceptable,” said the President.

He commended Governor Simon Lalong for the state government’s handling of the incident so far.

Troops Rescue Abducted Polytechnic Students At ‘Abandoned Poultry Farm’

The Military on January 13, 2022, said it had rescued three abducted students of the Plateau State Polytechnic.
The Military on January 13, 2022, said it had rescued three abducted students of the Plateau State Polytechnic.

 

Three Plateau State Polytechnic students abducted on Wednesday have been rescued unhurt by troops of Operation Safe Haven.

The students were kidnapped by gunmen at Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of the state.

But in a statement on Thursday signed by the military information officer of Operation Safe Haven, Major Ishaku Takwa, the troops deployed at Nding Sesut noticed an unusual movement of persons during patrols and immediately conducted cordon and search in the general area.

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The search, the military spokesman said, led to the rescue of the abducted students at an abandoned poultry farm.

The rescued students have since been reunited with their families while a manhunt is ongoing to apprehend the gunmen behind the kidnapping, the military said.

Channels Television had earlier reported that the students, two females and one male, were abducted from one of the private hostels known as the ‘Plateau Embassy’ in the polytechnic.

Gunmen Kidnap Three Students From Plateau State Polytechnic

Plateau State Polytechnic is a state owned polytechnic in Plateau State, North Central Nigeria.
Plateau State Polytechnic is a state owned polytechnic in Plateau State, North Central Nigeria.

 

Three students from the Plateau State Polytechnic have been kidnapped by gunmen at Bam village in Heipang Area of Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of the state.

The students, who were kidnapped on Wednesday, comprised two females and one male.

The victims were abducted from one of the private hostels known as the ‘Plateau Embassy’ in the polytechnic in the late hours of Wednesday.

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The incident has however been reported to security agencies by neighbours.

Confirming the incident, the military information officer of Operation Safe Haven, Major Ishaku Takwa said troops have been directed to rescue the victims unhurt.

He stressed the importance of the public in supporting the fight against crimes with credible and prompt information to security agencies and report any suspicious movement in their vicinity for prompt action.

18 Killed, 6 Injured In Fresh Plateau Attack

 

The Irigwe people have again been thrown into mourning following a fresh attack on Ancha village in Rigwe Chiefdom of Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State where 18 people were killed and six others injured.

A spokesperson for the Irigwe Development Association, Davidson Malison, said on Wednesday that the attack was carried out on Tuesday night by suspected herdsmen who invaded the village and besieged it for over two hours.

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According to Mr Malison, the assailants raided unchecked by any security operative, leading to the destruction of twenty-four (24) households with several properties such as vehicles, motorcycles, harvested crops and several other valuable items, being carted away by the attackers.

In his reaction to the attack, Governor Simon Lalong described the incident as another sad tale in the unending violent attacks in the area which has continued despite several measures taken by government.

The governor ordered security agencies to ensure that the attackers are fished out at all cost.

Governor Lalong specifically asked the General Officer Commanding 3 division and Commander Operation Safe Haven alongside the Commissioner of Police, the Department State Services, Operation Rainbow and other security agencies in Plateau Sate to utilize intelligence available from survivors and other sources and ensure that perpetrators of the attack are apprehended and exposed.

Over 10 Killed, Houses Burnt In Fresh Attack On Plateau Village

 

No fewer than 10 persons including children have been killed while others have sustained injuries in an attack on Te’egbe village of Miango District in Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State.

Suspected herdsmen were said to have invaded the community in the early hours of Friday, setting houses ablaze, maiming and killing residents in the process of the attack.

The National Publicity Secretary of Irigwe Development Association, Davison Malison, confirmed this to Channels Television on Friday.

According to him, apart from the 10 bodies recovered so far, others are still missing.

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Meanwhile, Governor Simon Lalong has condemned the attack on the village, saying the criminals are bent on instilling fear, pain and sorrow on the people with a view to destabilising the state and making fortune from their criminality as well as rupturing the substantial peace attained.

According to a statement signed by the Director of Press and Public Affairs to the Governor, Simon Makut, security agencies have been directed to deploy personnel and everything at their disposal to arrest those who carried out the attack no matter how long it takes.

Plateau Security: Lalong Relaxes Curfew In Jos, Bassa

 

Governor of Plateau State Simon Lalong has relaxed curfews imposed on parts of the state due to insecurity.

The Governor, in a broadcast on Monday, said the 24-hour curfew in Jos North is now to be enforced from 6pm to 6am until further notice.

“The curfew in Jos South and Bassa is to also be further relaxed,” Lalong said.

“As from Monday 30th August 2021, the curfew shall be enforced between 10pm to 6am until further notice.”

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The Governor noted that the ban on tricycles (Keke Napep) and hawkers remains in place within Jos/Bukuru metropolis.

Also, he announced that the Plateau Economic and Investment Summit earlier scheduled for September 1 and 2 has been postponed.

“A new date will be announced and communicated to all our invitees,” the Governor said. “We apologise for any inconveniences this postponement might cause.”

‘Purely criminal’

Recent attacks in Jos North, Bassa, Riyom, and Barkin Ladi have plunged Plateau into a state of high tension.

About 36 people were killed last week in Yelwa Zangam village, Zangam District in Jos North Local Government Area.

Many state governments have transported their indigenes from Jos metropolis and the University of Jos has been shut down.

While some have attributed the killings to ethnic and religious reasons, the state government has maintained they are “purely criminal activities that must be treated as such.”

“Even though they are quickly given ethno-religious connotations, there is no justification for the killing of anyone human being,” Lalong said on Monday.

“We are a society that is guided by rules which do not permit anyone to take the laws into his or her hands no matter the grievances.”

To resolve the security crisis, Lalong said he has engaged with high level stakeholders, including traditional, political, community and religious leaders.

“It is important to state that we have had several engagements with them in the past and made efforts to ensure that peace prevails in the area,” the Governor said.

“Between January and July this year, the Plateau Peace Building Agency has conducted over 34 mediation engagements at community levels in Miango, Kwall, Dusten Kura, and Gyelobari Districts of Bassa LGA.

“In response to the attacks, I also held meetings with the Plateau Inter-Religious Council and directed them, along with the Peace Building Agency to swing into action by carrying out more consultations and engagements to defuse tensions, calm nerves and dig deep into the immediate and remote causes of these conflicts with a view to bringing the ugly situation to an end.”

 

Read the full text of Lalong’s Monday broadcast:

TEXT OF A STATE BROADCAST BY H.E. RT. HON. (DR) SIMON BAKO LALONG, KSGG, EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR OF PLATEAU STATE ON THE SECURITY SITUATION, 30TH AUGUST 2021.
Protocols
1. My dear citizens of Plateau State, it is with a heavy heart that I address you today over the security situation in Plateau State. Events of the recent past have cast a dark shadow on the progress and huge investments we have made in peace building and crime fighting within the last six years.
2. Due to recent attacks in Jos North, Bassa, Riyom, and Barkin Ladi we have witnessed the unfortunate disruption to the peace and security of the State by criminal elements leading to loss of innocent lives, properties, farm crops and livestock.
3. Despite the directive to security agencies to stop the attacks, arrest perpetrators and bring them to justice, these attacks continued with the incident in Rukuba Road where commuters were attacked leading to other deaths and destruction. The ugly situation again resurfaced in Yelwa Zangam village of Jos North Local Government where many people were again killed and properties destroyed.
4. While arrests have been made in most of these incidents, the constant threat to lives and properties necessitated the imposition of curfew on Jos North, Bassa and Jos South Local Government Areas to enable security agencies properly deploy to handle the situation and stop further breakdown of law and order.
5. At this point, I wish to commiserate with the entire citizens of the State over these sad developments. I particularly extend my deep condolences to the families of those who lost loved ones, as well as those who sustained injuries and lost properties during the carnage. I have directed that Government pays the medical bills of those who are receiving treatment in various health facilities.
6. As a result of these occurrences, I convened a high level stakeholders meeting where traditional, political, community and religious leaders gathered to brainstorm on how to bring an end to this cycle of violence. Thereafter, I held separate meetings with leaders of Irigwe Land as well as Fulani Community to further engage them on lasting solutions to the protracted conflict within the area.
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8. It is important to state that we have had several engagements with them in the past and made efforts to ensure that peace prevails in the area. Between January and July this year, the Plateau Peace Building Agency has conducted over 34 mediation engagements at community levels in Miango, Kwall, Dusten Kura, and Gyelobari Districts of Bassa LGA.

8. In response to the attacks, I also held meetings with the Plateau Inter-Religious Council and directed them, along with the Peace Building Agency to swing into action by carrying out more consultations and engagements to defuse tensions, calm nerves and dig deep into the immediate and remote causes of these conflicts with a view to bringing the ugly situation to an end.
9. From the engagements so far, it has again become clear that all these attacks are purely criminal activities that must be treated as such. Even though they are quickly given ethno-religious connotations, there is no justification for the killing of anyone human being. We are a society that is guided by rules which do not permit anyone to take the laws into his or her hands no matter the grievances.
10. Yesterday I visited Yelwa Zangam village of Jos North Local Government to see things for myself and commiserate with the families of those affected, as well as reassure them that Government will stop at nothing to apprehend other fleeing suspects behind the attacks. We are determined to ensure diligent investigation and prosecution to give them justice.
11. To forestall further occurrences, I visited and met with the President in Abuja to seek for more deployment of security forces and equipment to enhance the capacity of our law enforcement agencies to protect our people. I received assurances from the President that the request will be acted upon immediately.
12. Arising from my discussion with Mr. President, I had a meeting with the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development as well as the DG of the National Emergency Management Agency regarding humanitarian assistance to the victims of the various attacks. I received commitment that very soon, relief materials will be delivered to us.
13. Already, the State Government has procured relief materials which are being distributed to the victims in various locations. On Friday, the Peace Building Agency also delivered relief materials donated by USAID to displaced communities in Bassa. We shall continue to partner with more humanitarian organisations towards alleviating the suffering of the victims.
14. My dear citizens, our long term goal is to foster dialogue, collaboration, understanding and proactive dispute resolution mechanisms that will make it difficult for people to resort to criminality in the name of self-help and reprisals whenever there is any disagreement. Those who fail to follow lawful means to settle their grievances should be ready for a showdown with Government as we will never tolerate killings and destruction of properties under any guise.
15. During these trying times, I have watched with great disappointment the unfortunate comments and utterances of some citizens including religious, political and community leaders from within and outside the State who rather than calm nerves and join hands with the Government to ensure the quick restoration of peace, resorted to pushing out ethno-religious sentiments that further created tensions.
16. Some sections of the mainstream and social media also chose to play to the gallery and fanned the embers of hatred and disunity.

17. However, majority of media platforms performed their duties diligently and highlighted Government’s efforts in discharging its constitutional obligation of ensuring the safety of lives and property.
18. I must commend people of conscience across different faiths, ethnic and political backgrounds that have remained objective, dispassionate and resolute towards condemning the criminal actions of the attackers and offering useful suggestions to Government on ways to improve public safety.
19. I wish to thank friends of Plateau State from far and near who sent words of encouragement and played various roles in calming nerves as well as refuting false narratives about the wrong perceptions and exaggeration of the situation.
20. Specifically, I wish to thank the Governor of Kebbi State His Excellency Atiku Abubakar Bagudu who led a delegation of the Progressives Governors Forum to condole the State and make donations to victims. At the same time, he demonstrated exemplary solidarity by declining to join the panic rush of evacuating students from the University of Jos by some State Governments. His approach of confidence building and collaboration affirms the fact that Plateau State still remains a home to all.
21. Let me therefore use this opportunity to assure parents of students studying at the University of Jos that we are working with the University authorities to ensure the safety of their wards as soon as the school reconvenes. In the same vein, I have assured the management of the NYSC that the Government will partner with them to guarantee the safety of Corps members posted to the State.
22. After my visit to Yelwa Zangam village, I took a tour of the Jos metropolis to see things for myself. I also engaged the security agencies to review the general security situation in the three Local Government Areas where the curfew was imposed, as well as other parts of the State. At the end of the review, Government took the following decisions:
i. The curfew in Jos North is to be relaxed. Beginning from Monday 30th August 2021, the curfew shall be enforced from 6pm to 6am until further notice.

ii. The curfew in Jos South and Bassa is to also be further relaxed. As from Monday 30th August 2021, the curfew shall be enforced between 10pm to 6am until further notice.
iii. The Ban on Tricycles (Keke NAPEP) and hawkers remains in force within Jos/Bukuru metropolis.
iv. The Plateau Economic and Investment Summit earlier scheduled for the 1st and 2nd of September 2021 has been postponed. A new date will be announced and communicated to all our invitees. We apologise for any inconveniences this postponement might cause.

23. Fellow citizens of Plateau State, we are facing a very difficult moment and we must work together to overcome. There is an obvious plan by those who desire to see Plateau in perpetual crises to employ all divisive methods to achieve their objectives. We must not allow them to use politics, religion, and ethnicity to divert our attention from their criminal activities.
24. My determination as your Governor is to ensure that I encourage all citizens to embrace one another and use peaceful means to settle any disagreement. I shall continue to ensure that we build the capacities of our security agencies including the Operation Rainbow, the newly trained three thousand vigilantes, as well as our traditional institutions to be able to respond promptly and effectively to criminals so that we can enjoy peace and tranquility.
25. Finally, I call on all citizens of Plateau State to work in synergy and promote the long standing ideals of accommodation, tolerance, love, hardwork godliness and forgiveness which we are known for. Plateau State remains the Home of Peace and Tourism.
26. God bless Plateau State and the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Rt. Hon. (Dr) Simon Bako Lalong, KSGG
Executive Governor, Plateau State,
30th August 2021.

Buhari Vows To Crush Perpetrators Of Plateau Violence

A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari is committed to rooting out the elements behind the recent killings in Plateau State.

This is according to a statement signed by presidential spokesperson Garba Shehu on Sunday.

“The Presidency wishes to assure all citizens that as a government, the administration is on top of events and is moving ahead with force to crush the perpetrators of the recent incidents of unrest in Plateau State,” the statement said.

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Recent attacks in Jos North, Bassa, Riyom, and Barkin Ladi have plunged Plateau into a state of high tension.

About 36 people were killed last week in Yelwa Zangam village, Zangam District in Jos North Local Government Area.

Many state governments have transported their indigenes from Jos metropolis and the University of Jos has been shut down.

While some have attributed the killings to ethnic and religious reasons, the state government has maintained they are “purely criminal activities that must be treated as such.”

‘Come together’

The Presidency also called for Plateau communities to unite against the violence and not resort to unnecessary politicisation of the matter.

“While these troubled communities are being reinforced with security personnel, our religious, traditional and other community leaders must not allow the use of their spaces for the propagation of violence and incitement to violence,” the statement said.

“Attempts to simplify the reasons into a basic narrative may help raise donor-dollars for international NGOs, fill pages of overseas newspapers, and burnish foreign politicians’ faith credentials; but this does not increase understanding, nor offer solutions. If anything, simplistic theorizing and finger-pointing make the situation worse.

“It is important both for Nigerians and the international community to appreciate that there are a multitude of factors attendant to these troubles.

“There is the Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorism, as well as the spate of kidnappings for ransom, transformed by some misinformed global media into a Muslim-on-Christian threat. Yet, in reality, there are no religious connotations at all when the primary purpose of these acts is to extract money.

“Then the herder-farmer clashes. While international voices and some Nigerian politicians who seek personal gain from division declare this a matter of religion, for those involved, it is almost entirely a matter of access to water and land. Herders have moved their cattle into contact with farmers for millennia. But, increasingly, due to population pressure, escalating aridity of northern states, and climate change, they are forced to travel further south to find grazing lands.

“Then, further afield in the South-east, IPOB are not struggling for freedom when they attack police stations and property, but rather committing acts of terrorism in order to steal money. IPOB is not defending Christians – as their highly-paid foreign lobbyists claim – when almost every citizen of those states they terrorize is uniformly Christian. Yet mistakenly, and because the lobbyists for IPOB have duped them, some misguided foreign media and politicians believe so.

“As for Nigerians, what we need is to come together. And we must do this firstly and for the most part by our own hands, by casting asunder those who seek to divide us for their own nefarious financial and political gain.”

Plateau Attacks: There Are ‘Sacred Cows’ Who Have Escaped Justice – Commissioner

 

Plateau State’s Commissioner for Information, Dan Majang, says so long as certain acts of injustice continue, there will be recurrences of mass violence in the state.

According to Mr Majang, who was a guest on Thursday’s edition of Sunrise Daily, one of such acts of injustice, is the failure to see that some “sacred cows” are made to feel the full weight of the law.

“If there is no justice, there will be reoccurrence. If you see an issue of this nature happening, then it means that there are sacred cows, the laws are not being applied.

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“We have had in the past in the life of this state, at that time I was media adviser, we have had instances whereby criminal elements were intercepted – about 16 of them from another state, they were carrying weapons, they were investigated, arraigned in court and before you know it, the case files were transferred to Abuja and that was the end of it,” the Commissioner disclosed via Skype.

Giving more examples of the ‘sacred cow’ menace in the state, Mr Majang recalled a time during the Nikki Tobi Commission of Inquiry, “when a Commissioner of Police was indicted and it was recommended that he should be relieved of his position and at the end of the day, to the chagrin of the State, the man was promoted to be an IGP at the end of the day, even after the Plateau government had written against it”.

In the spokesman’s opinion, only a full implementation of the law will see to the restoration of peace in the state.

The Commissioner’s comments come few days after dozens were killed and many more injured following an attack by suspected herdsmen in Yelwa Zangam village, Zangam District of Jos North Local Government Area.

The attack left a dark cloud of doubt over Plateau State even as angry youths stormed the Plateau Specialist Hospital where the corpses of victims had been deposited and evacuated them into vans.

They later proceeded with the corpses to the State House of Assembly, blocking all roads leading to the area, and when they could not be pacified, all roads then led to the Government House; there, the corpses were laid on the floor, as the people demanded justice for the dead and their loved ones.

While noting that the people have every right to be angry, the Commissioner said the aggrieved must understand that the Plateau State government is not pleased with the violence, neither is the government happy that its people are being slaughtered.

He however, assured that the government is doing “everything humanly possible” to see that the hostilities are brought to an end, with the perpetrators having to pay for their deeds.

Mr Majang disclosed that the corpses left at the Government House have been evacuated and taken to the mortuary, adding that plans are already being made to bury the dead, while the peace building agency continues to talk to warring factions.

Speaking on the curfew that was imposed after the incident, the Commissioner said the government took the decision to ensure that the security agencies can carry out their investigations.

While stressing that the situation in Jos would have been a lot worse without the imposition of a curfew, Mr Majang said arrests are being made and the government will explore all legal means to ensure the restoration of peace in Plateau State.