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Call for Investigation into Plateau Killings by Reps Minority Leader

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Hon Kingsley Chinda

Reportedly, these killings occurred on Saturday and Sunday in Bokkos and Barkin Ladi Local Government Areas as residents were preparing to celebrate Christmas.

The gunmen reportedly invaded some communities in the two LGAs, setting fire to residential buildings and looting property, particularly in Mushu village.

In response to these incidents, Chinda issued a statement titled “Murder on the Plateau: Time to end the killings,” on Thursday, criticizing security agencies for consistently failing to act on intelligence reports preceding deadly attacks.

In one part of the statement, he urged the National Assembly Security Committees to utilize Sections 4, 88 and 89 of the 1999 Nigerian Constitution, as amended, to commence a thorough investigation into the ongoing murders and propose legislative solutions to end them.

Chinda emphasized the need to halt the persistent murders and raised concerns about the security of persons in Nigeria, especially in the North Central region. He highlighted the organized violence by unidentified groups and persons, driven by inter-communal violence and grievances between communities.

He pointed out that observers’ reasons for the state of affairs no longer appeared plausible due to the increasing rates of attacks, sophistication of invasions of communities, and the anonymity of the perpetrators of the attacks.

Chinda also emphasized the apparent unwillingness of the political leadership to arrest perpetrators and stop the violence in Plateau State, calling for an end to the prolonged crisis.

He offered condolences to the Government and People of Plateau State over the murders while urging the military and other security agencies to intensify efforts in addressing the crisis until victory is assured for all.

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