Plateau killings: FG, community JTF unite to battle violence

Plateau killings: FG, community JTF unite to battle violence

- The federal government, through the National Orientation Agency (NOA) has decried the recent destruction of lives by gunmen in Plateau state

- Bulus Dabit, the director of NOA in Plateau, said that community Joint Task Force (JTF) will be a cure for the killings in the state

- Also, President Muhammadu Buhari has said that he will ensure that the culprits are brought to book

The National Orientation Agency (NOA), in Plateau state has condemned the recent killings in the state and called for community Joint Task Force (JTF), as a preventive measure.

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Bulus Dabit, the director of NOA in Plateau made the call in an interview with the newsmen, on Monday, June 25, in Jos. He said it was important for the public to realise that the community played a critical role in ensuring peace through reporting early warning signals, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

Dabit said: “Community JTF would be a panacea for the killings in Plateau. It can work within the regulations of the State Security apparatus, Operation Rainbow. The organisation should train the youths and deploy them to communities to protect lives in their area of Jurisdiction.”

The director said that countries like Afghanistan also adopted the measure to address insurgency and was yielding effective result. Dabit expressed worry that insurgents attacked innocent children and women hiding under the pretense of farmers and herdsmen clashes. He called on Plateau residents to live in peace as it was a criterion for rapid development in the area.

NAN reports that President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed that his administration would not rest until the murderers and sponsors of the crime were brought to justice. Terna Tyopev, spokesperson of the Police Command in Plateau said 86 deaths were recorded while six persons were injured.

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The attacks were on 11 communities in Gashish District in Barkin Ladi LGA and some communities in Bokkos local government area which started on Friday, June 21. A dusk to dawn curfew has been imposed in Riyom, Barkin Ladi and Jos South local government area to restore peace in the various communities.

Earlier, reported that President Muhammadu Buhari had described Sunday, June 24, killing in Barkin Ladi local government area of Plateau state as painful.

Expressing regret over the killings, he vowed that his administration would not rest until the murderers and sponsors are brought to justice.

Reacting through his official Twitter handle hours after the reported killings, President Buhari said the incident is “very painful and regrettable.’’

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