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Jos crisis: Group warns against counter attacks

By Taye Obateru

Jos — A civil group in Plateau State, the League for Human Rights, has warned against continued attacks and counter attacks by parties to the crisis in the state, saying such reprisals could only worsen the situation.

The appeal came as Coordinator of the Military Task Force maintaining security in the state, Col. Kayode Ogundele, confirmed that four of those who launched counter-attacks along the Abuja-Jos road, Tuesday, resulting in the death of seven commuters, had been arrested.

The League, in a statement signed by its Director, Mr. Shamaki Peter, regretted that innocent persons who knew nothing about the crisis often fall victim of such counter-attacks.

The group said, “It is worthy of note to say that people that are killed by assailants and those killed in retaliation know next to nothing about the cause being fought or the grievances of the perpetrators of this evil.

“Terror is a huge error that all right thinking people should avoid. These recent attacks cannot be justified or explained away as retaliation or a revenge mission. That cannot be plausible excuses and revenge cannot be carried out against people who are just ordinary Nigerians whose preoccupation is sustenance living,” it said.

It expressed worry that the level of insecurity in the state had not improved despite presence of security operatives, urging them to be more proactive in checking attacks on innocent Nigerians.

“The attack on innocent passengers around Riyom smacks of insensibility on the part of those who carried out the unwholesome act,” it said.

Briefing journalists, yesterday, Col. Ogundele said the seven corpses were found in shallow graves where they were buried, assuring that the task force would continue to do its best to restore peace in the state.

The state government has also condemned the attacks on innocent passengers, appealing for restraint so as not to worsen the already tensed security situation in the state.


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