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It’s disheartening, Gombe gov decries Plateau killings

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The Chairman of the Northern States Governors’ Forum and Governor of Gombe State, Muhammadu Yahaya, has described as reprehensible and heinous, the Christmas Eve attacks on communities within Bokkos and Barkin-Ladi Local Government Areas of Plateau State.

Yahaya, on behalf of the 19 Northern Governors, expressed condolences to the affected families and communities as well as the government and people of Plateau State through a press statement signed by the Director-General, Press Affairs, Ismaila Misilli, on Tuesday.

The press statement partly read, “It is reprehensible and disheartening to hear of the loss of over 100 lives and destruction of property that occurred during these attacks, especially during a time when residents were preparing to celebrate the festive season.

“Such acts of violence are not only cowardly but also run counter to the spirit of unity and coexistence that our region upholds.

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“We must all prioritise peace and harmonious living in our communities. Now, more than ever, we must reaffirm our commitment to peaceful coexistence and solidarity regardless of our differences.

“We must unite in our commitment to peace and security, and stand firm against all forms of violence and division.”

The NSGF chairman commended Governor Caleb Mutfwang, for his leadership and responsible handling of the situation in the aftermath of those attacks, assuring him that the Forum stand united in solidarity with him in the face of adversity and will work together towards lasting peace in Plateau State.

He commended the security agencies operating in the area and implored them to redouble their efforts in safeguarding the lives and property of the people, harping on the urgent need for increased vigilance and swift action to ensure the safety of all citizens.

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“Those responsible for the heinous acts must be swiftly apprehended and made to face the full weight of justice,” Yahaya added.

Yahaya urged members of the communities to remain vigilant and promptly report any suspicious activities to the security agencies for immediate intervention.



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