By Marie-Therese Nanlong.
Jos – Following the fresh attack Thursday night at Dong community, Jos North local government area which led to the death of three persons and many others displaced, the Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, has appealed for calm saying people should volunteer credible information which would lead to the arrest of the attackers to security agencies.
The Governor, in a statement issued on Friday and signed by the State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Mr. Yakubu Dati noted that relative calm had been restored to the area following the deployment of adequate security and urged the people to remain law-abiding.
The statement reads, “The Executive Governor of Plateau State, Rt Hon. Simon Lalong, has appealed for calm, following the attack last night by armed gunmen in Dong village of Jos North Local Government Area of the state, which culminated in the unfortunate loss of lives of some people in the area.
“The Governor noted that relative calm had been restored to the area following the deployment of adequate security and urged the people to remain law-abiding. Governor Lalong therefore sympathizes with the bereaved and injured assuring that government is taking steps to alleviate their pains.
“He calls on citizens to volunteer useful information to security agencies that will lead to the arrest of the criminals and also enjoins the good people of the State to resist the temptation of spreading wild and unfounded rumours that tend to aggravate the situation.”
However, the statement added that “The security agencies have been directed to do everything possible to smoke out the perpetrators of the crime from their hideouts in order to end the repeated orgy of violence in the state.
“Besides the logistic support to security agencies, the state government has already procured 51 (fifty one) operational vehicles to enhance their operations. This is in addition to the upgrade of the communication gadgets at the State Police Command Headquarters, aimed at augmenting the efforts of the security personnel, some of whom have paid the supreme price.”