By Pwanagba Agabus, Jos
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 law and order by ensuring 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 Irigwe Chiefdom in particular and Plateau North at large”.
He further decried that the 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 on Media and Protocol, Musa Ibrahim Ashoms, while reacting to the attack reiterated that, 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.
“I am saddened that Plateau North again woke up the morning of Friday May 29, 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.
“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 said.
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, so as to deter and prevent the attacks”.
The Lawmaker maintained that, “it is disturbing that the killer herdsmen and bandits (in direct contrast to other peace loving herdsmen of Plateau North), ravaging community after community in Plateau North are known to the Security agencies and intelligence preceding most of the attacks is often availed, yet, the needed action and timely intervention is lacking.
The Deputy Chairman Senate Committee on Defence, has 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.”