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Rep decries killings in Plateau, distrusts troops

By Taye Obateru
Jos — Member rep-resenting Jos South-Jos East Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Mr. Bitrus Kaze, has expressed worry over the continued spate of attacks and killing in Plateau State despite the presence of security men in the state.
Reacting, weekend, to the killing of two journalists by hoodlums while on official assignment, he said the situation casts doubt on the efficiency of the present security arrangement and urged the Federal Government to review the situation.

“The attacks and killing of innocent citizens, particularly in Jos and other parts of Plateau State, which has continued with impunity since the “taking over” of the security of Jos and Plateau State by the Special Task Force headed by Major-Gen, Saleh Maina continuously calls to question the efficacy of the GOC.

“Notwithstanding the clear failure by the GOC evidenced by the avoidable loss of lives and properties and the huge public outcry unequaled in the history of GOCs of the 3rd Armoured Division, Jos, the Nigerian Army authorities in Abuja have for reasons best known to them continued to foist him on the Plateau,” he said.

Kaze disclosed that groups within and without Nigeria were collaborating with some human rights bodies to prosecute the GOC in the International Court of Justice, Hague, for crimes against humanity adding, “we cannot afford to fail our people in the face of negligence, especially by the Federal Government and some of its agencies who continue to condone and in fact collude with known perpetrators of the Jos crisis by engaging them thereby obstructing justice.”

He hailed the recent judgement of the Jos High Court which voided the dissolution of the Prof. Dakum Shown executive of the PDP in the state adding that the pronouncement tallied with the current agitation of the Reformers group within the party.

According to him, the Reformers were pursuing issues that would promote internal democracy within the PDP adding that PDP as the ruling party should lead by example.

The legislator also commended Acting President Goodluck Jonathan for sending former INEC Chairman, Prof. Maurice Iwu on terminal leave saying, “my experience as a politician is that once you lose the goodwill of the public, no matter how good you actually are, you may find it difficult to survive the environment.”


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