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Panel to probe Plateau’s killings

Panel to probe Plateau’s killings

- Plateau state House of Assembly has set up committee to probe recent killings in the state

- Suspected herdsmen on Saturday, June 25, killed about 120 people in the state

- The committee is to investigate the remote and immediate causes of the attacks

Barely four days after the deadly attacks that left 86 people dead, Plateau state House of Assembly set up a seven-man special committee to probe the attacks in parts of the state. gathered that the panel is headed by Yusuf Gagdi to investigate the Saturday, June 25 killings in 11 villages in Barikin Ladi local government area and some villages in Bokkos and Riyom.

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The committee is to investigate the remote and immediate causes of the attacks, identify the perpetrators, ascertain the number of communities affected and the extent of destruction and make appropriate recommendations.

The speaker of the House Peter Azi directed the committee to report back its findings in four weeks.

The committee was set up followed a motion moved at plenary by Peter Ibrahim, member representing Jos Barikin Ladi constituency.

Ibrahim narrated the incident, saying that his constituents have been under siege by gunmen suspected to be herdsmen since last Saturday, June 25.

“Mr. speaker, it is no longer news that my constituency has been under siege for the past few days, leading to loss of lives and property.

“By my count, we have lost more than 200 lives, many severely injured and a lot of houses and farmlands destroyed.

“As I speak, sir, a lot of my constituents are reported missing, and thousands displaced since the ugly incident started.

“I have on several occasions brought cases of attacks and killings in my constituency before this honourable house, unfortunately, they have never stopped.

“So, I wish to urge this honourable house to as a matter of urgency act fast and salvage my people", he said.

The lawmaker called for the investigation of security operatives in the area, urging the government to intensify effort at ending the incessant attacks.

Contributing, Ysufu Gagdi, member representing Kantana constituency, described the spate of attacks that have led to the loss of many lives as “unfortunate.”

Gagdi, a former deputy speaker of the Assembly, also expressed displeasure at the role of government and security agents at restoring peace to the state.

“No matter the level of physical infrastructure, no matter how beautiful our schools, hospitals, roads and others are, without peace and tranquillity, all is in vain.

“So, our government must make it a point of duty to ensure the security of lives and property, for anything short of that, means the government has failed”, he said.

In his submission, the minority leader of the House, Daniel Dem, called for a review of the security architecture in the state.

According to him, the people have lost confidence in the security agencies deployed in the state, stressing the need for a change in strategy.

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He, therefore, urged the state government to set up a Civilian Joint Task Force, to build confidence in the people in the affected areas.

Meanwhile, had previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari vowed to protect lives and properties of Nigerians. The president said this on Tuesday, June 26, in Jos at a meeting with stakeholders on the current security situation in Plateau.

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