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Jos: Plateau natives in Rivers demand suspects’ trial

By George Onah

Port Harcourt—Plateau natives resident in Rivers State have said that they would only believe in the  seriousness of the Federal Government to resolve the crisis when those arrested have been prosecuted in court.

The group, however, praised the Acting President, Goodluck Jonathan, for the proactive steps taken to restore normalcy to the city and commended Governor Jonah Jang for “the outstanding efforts in the restoration of peace to the state.”

In a communiqué issued last weekend, the Plateau indigenes,  under the aegis of Plateau Indigenes Cultural Association, accused the army of complicity in Jos killings where about 500 people were slaughtered in cold blood.

Signed by Danjuma Taksing and Peter Danladi Dishilak, chairman and secretary respectively, the group said in the communique that it was regrettable that the army could be found wanting in an event where such a large scale and gruesome murder of mostly women and children took place.

They said other ethnic groups like the Yoruba, Ibo, Urhobo, who were also victims of the crisis, should have been included in the committee recently constituted by the Federal Government to investigate the crisis.

“Input from these other people could go a long way in contributing to the solution of the recurring problems, particularly as most of these ethnic groups have resided in Jos and elsewhere there for many years,” they said.


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