Gov Lalong condemns Plateau killings

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Governor Simon Lalong has condemned Tuesday night’s attack on Maikatako community in Butura District of Bokkos Local Government Area, Plateau State, which left 11 persons dead and 8 others injured.

The governor, in a statement issued by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Makut Machan, ordered the security forces in the state to fish out the perpetrators and bring them to justice.

Governor Lalong commiserated with the families of the victims, assuring that his administration would not allow terrorists and bandits to dominate any part of the state as all security agencies had been ordered to be firm on any person or group behind the attack.

He decried the rising incidence of attacks and destruction of farm crops, livestock, and other properties within Bokkos Local Government Area, describing them as worrisome, stressing that they must be checked immediately.

Recall that some suspected herdsmen had invaded the community around 11pm on Tuesday, burnt down four houses and began shooting sporadically after overpowering the vigilantes on patrol.

Nine of the victims were reportedly burnt beyond recognition in a compound that was completely razed, while others were discovered on Wednesday morning in their burnt houses after being shot.

The incident was confirmed by the spokesman of the Plateau State Police Command, Alfred Alabo, while the Commander of Operation Safe Haven, Major-General Ibrahim Ali, noted that the security outfit mandated to oversee the security situation in Plateau, as well as parts of Bauchi and Kaduna states, was on ground to assess the situation.


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