Plateau Unrest: Review State Security Architecture – Community Urges Lalong

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From Pwanagba Agabus, Jos.

Following the recent security challenges that have bedeviled some communities, the Plateau Initiative for Development and Advancement of the Natives (PIDAN) the umbrella body of all the Community Development Associations in Plateau State has appealed to the State Government to review the state’s security architecture for maximum results.

The group condemns in it’s entirety the killing of innocent people, irrespective of their “status, ethnic or religious backgrounds”.

PIDAN through its Public Relations Officer, Stephen Sarki Musa, said, “While we support any actions taken by the respective security outfit to dig into root causes of the crises in the State, including the Military operations in Dura-Du, such actions most have human face to avoid traumatizing innocent citizens.

“In other words, we appeal to the Military to be diligent in their investigations and treat the people around the area with dignity so that the innocents are not unjustly treated, as alleged in the current situation.

“Since the Military said they know and have the identity of the suspects, they should go after them professionally and meticulously within the ambits of the law, without creating fears and tension in people and their community”, he maintained.

“While we call on the residents of Dura-Du to remain calm and cooperate with the military in the ongoing investigations, PIDAN believes that in other to achieve this, the Military should work in conjunction with the leadership of the community for a more successful and collaborative  operation”.

“May we use this occasion to appeal to the Plateau State Government to review its security architecture for maximum results in the face of the recent crisis”, PIDAN maintained.

According to the PRO, “As a law abiding organization, PIDAN abhors any act or acts capable of igniting or promoting crises and will therefore not condoned such acts by any group or groups of persons.

He appealed to the citizenry to avoid spreading “wild and unsubstantiated allegations and news”, especially in the social media.

“We should sustain our unity as a people and avoid divisive tendencies”, he stressed.

The group condoled and sympathize with the people who lost their loved ones in the recent unrest in Dura-Du, Gada Biu, Angwan Rukuba and other areas of the state.

She however suggested improving agricultural techniques, environment degradation which, she noted, affect Nigeria and other African countries, including Ethiopia, Cameroun, Senegal, Nigeria among others.

“It is unfortunate that civil society organizations as non state actor could not provide the needed ombudsman to the government in terms of demanding accountability from the representatives. I can say that preserving Africa’s rich forests and incredibly biodiverse ecosystems are critical to the solution in the continent” she submitted.

 

Sourced From: The Authority News

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