Plateau killings: Details of Buhari’s meeting with Gov Lalong

President Muhammadu Buhari has said support would be given to victims of the violent clashes in Plateau State.

Buhari made the pledge after a closed door meeting with Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau State in the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Tuesday in Abuja, NAN reports.

Speaking to State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, the Governor said he updated Buhari on the security developments in Plateau.

Lalong said he made a request to the President about relieve materials and also still re-echoed the issue of resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the State.

“We have a lot of IDPs in my State, we have a lot on our hands already and when such happens, you expect the state to seek for support for relieve materials.

“We are doing our best but the president said he will talk to the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, so that attention would be given to those who are displaced as a result of this crisis.

“For over six years now, we have been enjoying peace in Plateau State so, anybody that wants to take Plateau back to those old days of crisis, it is not only me as governor but all Plateau people will resist that,” he said.

On recent killing of travellers at Rukuba, near Jos, and other violent clashes in the state, the Governor vowed that all those implicated would be prosecuted irrespective of their background or “connections” in the society.

He further stated that the security situation in the State has improved and the curfew imposed on troubled areas will be further relaxed.

He said he is working to ensure that there is proper investigation and prosecution.

“You know, both the Soldiers and Police are controlled by the Presidency and right now they are diligently working in my state on a daily basis.

“That is why on the first day, I announced a 24-hour curfew but I kept on relaxing it. The curfew would further be relaxed, so that people can carry out their normal activities.

“We are the only state that has a peace building agency set up by the State government and it is the only state that for now has established an interreligious council.

“These are all the efforts that we have done and within a short time, peace has returned to Plateau State,” he added.

The Governor also appealed for calm and restraint, adding that those calling for reprisals did not mean well for the State.

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