By Yakubu Wuyep, Jos
A 2019 governorship aspirant on the People Democratic Party, (PDP), Engr Jimmy Zingtim Cheto has condemned with grief the recent unwarranted and unprovoked killings in Plateau state .
Reminding the military of their fundamental role in the protection of lives and property of the people, he urged the security to take urgent steps and proactive measures towards addressing the ongoing killings in some parts of Plateau State which have continue unabated.
According to him, human lives are sacred and as such should be treated with great respect.
Cheto called on the Federal Government to intervene and give the needed attention to the security situation in the state while expressing sympathy with government and families of those who lost their love ones in this dastardly act
He expressed regrets that the ill-feelings generated by the breach of security and outbreak of violence in Bassa, Jos North, Barkin Ladi, Riyom and Bokkos Local Government Area were yet to subside, while in Riyom Local Government Area, villages such as Jol, Rim, Hoss, Shonong, Sharabutu are under siege as people there can no longer go about their legitimate economic, social and religious activities without being harassed.
“Many villages have been taken over by the attackers and the people no longer have access to their lands and unable to use same.”
He appealed to Governor Simon Bako Lalong to put in place measures to curtail the breach of security and ensure that the perpetuators are arrested and prosecuted according to law to serve as deterrent to others.
“Plateau people are known for their peaceful, hospitable and receptive nature but the activities of the gunmen have stampeded development and created mistrust and suspicion among the people.
“It is our sincere prayer that government should frontally tackle the ugly incidents which we see as inhuman, wicked, irrational and barbaric as well as threats to our national security, peace, unity, harmony, integration and development which have been tarnishing the image of the country before the international community.
No development can be achieved in a tensed and chaos atmosphere, we are therefore appealing that practical steps be taken to bring the ongoing crisis to rest.”, he said and promised to revamp the economic, agricultural, social and religious activities which have been negatively affected by the violent attacks.