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The Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong announced last Thursday, the arrest of alleged assassins of a traditional ruler in the Foron District of the Barkin Ladi State Council. Suspects were also detained in the killing of an official from the Department of State Services (DSS) in Shendam and five other individuals in the Jos South Local Government Region district of Vwang.
The governor spoke at a meeting with community leaders at Government House Rayfield, Jos, to celebrate the 60th Independence Day of Nigeria. He said his administration is committed to protecting life and property in the state. “We won’t fold our arms and allow some unscrupulous elements to truncate the peace in Plateau. We have drawn the battle line with criminals and, together with security agencies, remain steadfast in securing our state.
“When we came on board, we came with a pre-conceived mindset to end the violence and break the conflict trap.
“It was against this background that we established the Plateau Peace Building Agency as well as took several other steps to arrest the vicious cycle of violence that militated against the socio-economic development of our people.”