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HURIWA tasks Jonathan on Jos crisis

  By Chioma Obinna

President Goodluck Jonathan has been urged to restore lasting peace to the crisis-prone Plateau State capital and its environs and ensure that all those arrested for participating in the orgy of violent killings are punished in accordance with extant provisions of the country’s criminal laws.

A group of journalists under the auspices of the Human Rights Writers’ Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, who made the call in a statement jointly signed by its National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and Director of Media, Miss. Zainab Yusuf also faulted the Federal Government’s handling of the crisis in Jos.

The group alleged that the current administration had not demonstrated enough political will to arrest and prosecute the sponsors and masterminds of the intermittent violent killings in Plateau State because of political considerations.

The rights group which faulted the failure of President Jonathan to set up a judicial panel of inquiry into the two most bloody unrests in the history of Nigeria which took place in Plateau State on January 17 and March 2010, also alleged that there was a conspiracy at the highest level of federal administration to deny justice to the victims of the mass murder and to allow the alleged culprits go scotfree.

The group warned that the culprits undergoing prosecution might walk home free as a result of the poor and grossly inefficient handling of the prosecution by the law enforcement agents.

It condemned the ongoing spate of selective killings of suspected Fulanis and Beroms by organised armed gangs in Plateau State and called for the probe of the activities of the military during the crises.


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