Following Thursday night’s attack at Nzharuvo community, in Miango District of Bassa LGA of Plateau State, the Senator representing Plateau North Senatorial District, Istifanus Gyang has called on President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Simon Lalong to take decisive steps in enforcing that killings in Irigwe chiefdom and the zone are brought to a halt.
The Lawmaker also called on the Commander, Operation Safe Haven, and the Commissioner of Police in the state “who have the constitutional responsibility of safeguarding the lives and property of citizens, to enforce law and order and end the killings in Plateau North at large”.
He further lamented that governments’ inability to “enforce law and order emboldens criminals and incentivizes impunity as has been the case with the killings in Irigwe land”.
Gyang who spoke through his Special Assistant Media and Protocol, Musa Ibrahim Ashoms, while reacting to the attack said, the government must not allow merchants of “unrest and bloodshed” to continue disrupting the peace the citizens of the zone have resolved to build and consolidate on.
He said, “I am saddened that Plateau North again woke up this morning of Friday 29th May 2020, with yet another gory report of a night attack at a Noodles Eatery next to Kent Academy, Miango in Bassa local government leaving behind four people dead.
You will recall that a retired secondary school teacher, a lady, and three men lost their lives when unknown gunmen attacked a fast food joint in Nzharuvo community, in Miango District of Bassa LGA of Plateau State late Thursday evening.
“I am worried that communities of Irigwe Chiefdom in Bassa Local government have been the target of repeated attacks for many years resulting in monumental loss of lives and property with several villages reduced to rubbles.
He noted that given the incessant attacks, the area ought to have been designated a “Security Flash Point, deserving and attracting extra security presence and surveillance, to deter and prevent the attacks”.
The Lawmaker maintained that “it is disturbing that the killer herdsmen and bathats (in direct contrast to other peace-loving herdsmen of Plateau North), are known to the Security agencies while intelligence preceding most of the attacks are often available, yet, the needed action and timely intervention are lacking.
Gyang alleges that the lives of his constituents are at risk as communities are left at the mercy of killer herdsmen and bandits.
The Deputy Chairman Senate Committee on Defence has, therefore, called on, “the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Plateau State Governor, Commander Operation Safe Haven and the Commissioner of Police who have the constitutional responsibility of safeguarding the lives and property of citizens to take decisive steps to enforce law and order and end the killings in Irigwe Chiefdom in particular and Plateau North at large”.
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