14 June 2021 by Josiah Buzun
[Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau Statae has appealed to citizens of the State to increase surveillance and intelligence gathering as well as collaborate with security agencies to foil attacks in their communities.
The Governor who was speaking on the killings of 12 people with 5 injured in Kuru, Jos South Local Government Area, said the attackers were bent on disturbing the peace of the State.
Governor Simon Lalong who expressed disgust over the incident, said these unprovoked and isolated attacks on innocent people must be stopped at all cost, as the Government would not allow few criminal elements to create fear in the hearts of the citizens.
During a visit to commiserate with the families of the victims, the Governor who was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the State, Proffessor Danladi Atu condemned the attack describing those behind it as cowards who have no courage to face their victims for whatever grievances they might harbour against them.
He said irrespective of the motive behind the killings, the Government is treating it as a purely criminal activity and has directed security agencies to investigate, pursue, and arrest the perpetrators who must face justice.
Atu who announced a donation by the Government for the treatment of those injured and the burial of the deceased, said the Government more equipment for the security apparatus to enhance their rapid response in crime prevention and investigation.
The Secretary to the Government thereafter held a meeting with the Gwom Rwei Kuru District, Da Patrick Mandung, community and youth leaders as well as the Management Committee Chairman, Jos South Local Government Area Gideon Dandereng who all appreciated the Government for its quick intervention and visit, promising to cooperate with security agencies in unraveling those behind the killings.
They said despite the ugly incident, the people would never be discouraged and their hospitality and tolerance would not change as they remain a peaceful community that embraced all people irrespective of their backgrounds and harbour no grudge against anyone.