Monday, 21 June 2021 15:22

Don’t mention unknown gunmen to me, they are not spirits – Gov LaLong to Police

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has told the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Baba and other security agencies that he doesn’t want to hear about unknown gunmen in his state.

LaLong stated this when he commissioned security patrol vehicles and special motorcycles at the new Government House, Little Rayfield, Jos on Monday.

He also expressed deep concern over the inability of security agencies to prevent the killings of innocent citizens in his state.

Recalls that unknown gunmen had a few days ago killed 12 people in Sabon Layi Kuru, in Jos South Local Government Area.

The governor said, “It’s with tremendous joy that I welcome the Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Baba, Senior Heads of Military and Para-military organisations and distinguished guests to the commissioning of security patrol vehicles and special security motorcycles purchased by the State Government. This is a very significant event because Peace and Security have remained the key priority of the Rescue Administration. Our belief is that security is the baseline for attaining development in any society.

“However, we have also realised that while we consolidate on the peace, the crisis merchants are not sleeping as their source of business has been obstructed due to the actions we have put in place to restore stability. Therefore, they are restless and trying various methods to breach the peace. As I commend the security agencies for doing their best to tackle the cases of such attacks and other criminal activities, I have also expressed deep concern over the inability to prevent such killings or arrest the perpetrators in some cases. I have since told the police and other security agencies that I do not want to hear unknown gunmen again in Plateau State!

“People who come into communities and kill innocent people in their sleep or when they are going about their legitimate businesses cannot be said to be spirits and must not be allowed to go free. All we need is intelligence gathering, quick intervention and continuous surveillance. Security agencies must be assisted with the information to hunt down these merchants of evil and bring them to justice. Traditional rulers have equally been warned that they will be held responsible if they fail to give information on who is behind such attacks under their jurisdictions.”

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