By Peter Duru
MAKURDI—In a swift move to avert a spillover of Jos crisis in his state, Benue State governor, Mr. Gabriel Suswam, has placed security operatives in the state on red alert in order to forestall bloodshed and reprisal killings in the state.
Suswam counselled the people of the state on the need to shun violence and tread the path of dialogue and peace in resolving their differences.
According to him, “security personnel have been placed on alert in the light of the development and I urge all law abiding people of the state to go about their normal activities without any fear.”
Suswams commiserates with Jang
The governor in a press statement issued and signed on his behalf by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Dr. Cletus Akwaya, commiserated with his Plateau State counterpart, Mr. Jonah Jang, over the multiple explosions that rocked Jos on the eve of Christmas leading to the death of several persons and injuring of others.
Suswam, who described the incident as dastardly and wicked, urged security agencies to ensure the arrest and prosecution of the masterminds of the evil act.
He particularly sympathised with families that lost loved ones in the unfortunate incident and prayed God to grant eternal rest to the souls of the departed and to also comfort the bereaved families.
He lamented that the unfortunate act was perpetrated on the eve of Christmas when Christians were in the mood to “celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ whose coming symbolises love and liberation of man from the clutches of wickedness and sin.”
Governor Suswam called on security agencies to leave no stone unturned to ensure that the perpetrators of the heinous crime were made to face the long arm of the law.