Plateau killings: We are ready to defend ourselves – ‘Save Middle Belt Nigeria’ cries out
It was gathered that the ‘Save Middle Belt Nigeria’ (SMBN) has condemned the killing of innocent citizens in the Middle Belt region of Nigeria by herdsmen.
Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State on Monday held a meeting with key stakeholders in Jos with regards to restore peace in the state.
Speaking at the meeting held at Government House, Jos, Mr Lalong thanked the stakeholders for their assistance in quelling tension in their communities and helping security agencies in the discharge of their duties.
He briefed them on the steps the government was taking to end the security challenges in the state and pointed out that continuous dialogue and engagement would facilitate peaceful coexistence in the state.
The governor assured them that he would continue to uphold justice and fairness in the discharge of his duties, stressing that he was committed to finding a lasting solution to the security problems bedeviling the state.
Speaking at the end of the closed door session, the Deputy Chief Imam of Jos, Ghazali Adam, said that stakeholders who attended the meeting resolved to live in harmony and to reconcile their differences.
He said the violence was perpetrated by criminals who were mostly under the influence of illicit drugs, pointing out that the crisis provided them an opportunity to loot.
Mr Adam called on the government to deploy more security personnel to flash points across the state while increasing surveillance at boundary areas.
“Government should monitor boundary areas in the state and Jos North in particular,” he said.
The cleric said the stakeholders would organise more meetings in their communities, especially with the youth, to sensitise them on the critical need for peace to reign in the state.
However, SMBN group said that Fulani militia killings is part of an elaborate agenda by the Fulani militia to annihilate the indigenous inhabitants of the middle belt and take over their ancestral
‘Save Middle Belt Nigeria’ also demanded that the security agencies put an end to the killing of plateau indigenes by suspected Fulani militia immediately.
The group said the killing of 48 persons in Yelwa Zangam in Jos North, Plateau State, and Yelewta community of Guma Local Government Area of Benue will no longer be acceptable by the people of middle belt.
SMBN also frowned at the way and manner Nigeria security agencies are handling the situation in the middle belt, calling for an immediate review of the nation’s top military command structure to tackle these monsters of destruction wreaking havoc and mayhem Nigeria.