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Banditry: Lalong directs security agencies to be ‘firm’ as gunmen kill 11 in Plateau

Banditry: Lalong directs security agencies to be ‘firm’ as gunmen kill 11 in Plateau
November 16
21:01 2022

Simon Lalong, governor of Plateau, has asked security agencies to step up efforts on securing the state.

On Tuesday, gunmen attacked the Maikatako community in Bokkos LGA and killed 11 persons — including nine members of the same family.

In a statement issued on Wednesday by Makut Macham, Lalong’s spokesperson, the governor condemned the attack, saying his administration will not allow terrorists to take a foothold in any part of the state.

“Governor Lalong who condemned the attack said the killers must be fished out and brought to justice for the dastardly act,” the statement reads.

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“Lalong said the rising incidences of attacks and destruction of farm crops, livestock and other properties within the general Bokkos area is becoming worrisome and must be checked immediately.

“While sympathising with the families of the victims, the Governor reiterated that his administration will not allow terrorists and bandits to take foothold in any part of the State as all security agencies have been directed to be firm and hard on any person or groups behind the criminal acts.

“He again appealed to communities to always be security conscious and report any suspicious movements to the security agencies for immediate action, particularly during the forthcoming yuletide season.”

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Macham added that Ibrahim Ali, commander of operation Safe Haven and general officer commanding (GOC), 3rd armoured division, visited the village for an on-the-spot assessment.

“Apart from ordering the deployment of more troops, the STF Commander directed the troops to pursue the fleeing terrorists and ensure that they are apprended in line with the directive of the Governor and President,” Macham said.

“Gen. Ali also commiserated with the families of victims and the entire community, asking them not to take the law into their hands by engaging in reprisals.

“He assured them that the security forces will not relent in ensuring that the people get justice.”

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