The government of Plateau State has held an emergency security council meeting to review and assess the recent attacks in various villages in Mangu Local Government Area of the State which has left many dead, properties worth millions of naira destroyed and others injured.
The security council meeting which held at the Plateau State Government House in Rayfield, Jos on Thursday (May 18, 2023) was chaired by the Governor, Barr. Simon Bako Lalong.
Governor Lalong while briefing newsmen after the meeting said the council reviewed the situation and resolved that all suspects arrested for allegedly carrying out the attack must be immediately prosecuted in a transparent and open manner to send a strong message to the public that no criminal conduct will go unpunished.
He said the council condemned the dastardly act and remained committed to sustaining the search for other fleeing perpetrators who must be arrested and dealt with swiftly.
The Governor also stated that the security council mandated the security agencies operating in the State to sustain the presence of their personnel on ground to rebuild confidence and halt any further attacks on innocent citizens.
Lalong also disclosed that his government will immediately step in to address the plight of displaced persons in the affected areas and work towards restoring normalcy.
The Governor also announced the plans to step up engagement both at local and State levels which will lead to setting up of an Engagement Committee to douse the tension generated by the unfortunate incident.
The council also appealed to citizens to increase vigilance and avoid any action that can lead to escalation of the situation.
He assured that Government will not fold its arms to see its citizens being maimed and killed by criminals for no reason.
It would be recalled that the Deputy Governor Prof. Sonni Tyoden, the Secretary to the Government of the State Prof. Danladi Abok Atu and security chiefs in the State visited the affected areas on Wednesday (May 17, 2023).