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Gov Lalong Issued A 2 Week Ultimatum To Address Insecurity Problems By Plateau Legislators, Or Get Notice Of Impeachment

The Oasis Reporters

August 28, 2021

By Asile Abel, Jos

Hon Dusum Philip Peter, addressing the media.

conventional security architecture is no longer guaranteeing safety of the people

…LG Chairmen should recruit 200 vigilante personnel in each local govt instead of adhoc staff

Plateau State lawmakers said they have reached a resolution and equally communicated the same resolution to the state Governor, Simon Lalong urging him to fix the security lapses in the State or face a notice of impeachment.

Addressing the media, Hon Dusum Philip Peter, Chairman, House Committee on Information said Plateau State Assembly members, wish to sympathize with the Government and People of Plateau State over the barbaric and dastardly killings that have been taking place in different communities of Bassa, Barkin Ladi, Bokkos, Jos North, Jos South, Mangu, Riyom, University of Jos Community and recently that of Yelwa Zangam.

The House condemns all the killings in totality, saying they are unacceptable. “We commiserate with the families of all those who lost their loved ones during these attacks.

“We commend the youths on the Plateau for sustained coordinated and organized campaigns against the killings and as well as the courage to make it go viral by sending strong messages to the world using the dead bodies of the mayhem on the social media and the streets of Jos; the display of the corpses in the House is a sign that they recognize the authority of the House of Assembly as an institution that can speak for the people. We greatly appreciate that action.

“As an assembly with people at heart, we call on Plateau State citizens to have confidence in us with renewed commitment as we have given two (2) weeks to the Governor to take action on the Resolutions the House has forwarded on security matters on how to restore peace.

“We strongly call on Plateau People to practically stand up and defend themselves and their communities, as the conventional security design is no longer guaranteeing our safety as a people.

“We call on the Executive Governor of Plateau State, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong, to come up with a statement defending us as a People and to bring back renewed commitment to the cause of Plateau.

“We are still expecting with high hopes, the President to also come up with a statement about the killings in Yelwa Zangam just as he did in the killings of travelers along Rukuba Road and to also indicate a sign of justice or we will see him as being reflective about the conflict in Plateau.

“As an Assembly committed to the yearnings and aspirations of our people, we deeply appreciate the calls made by Plateau people, both at home and in the Diaspora, for encouragement and tasking us to do the needful in order to save Plateau and its heritage.

“We also wish to put on record that we stand with Plateau people in this trying moment and assure them of our genuine commitment to the cause of Plateau State.

The legislators also called on the Traditional Rulers to look inward and release the Local Security design to protect Plateau people as well as reinforce the Vigilante, Hunters and local wise men to defend the people. “As a sign of commitment to this urgent need for the people to protect themselves, the Plateau State House of Assembly has directed all Local Government Chairmen to suspend their planned recruitment of Adhoc Staff and instead recruit 200 Vigilante Personnel in each Local Government Area to boost and augment local intelligence gathering.

The legislators also called on security operatives to fish out the perpetrators of the mayhem and punish them according to the dictates of the law.

Greg Abolo

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