Plateau killings: Government must exercise political will to tackle menace – Agwa

Following the endless killings in Plateau State, an Abuja-based businessman, Sunday Agwa, has called for synergy between the state and federal governments in tackling the menace in plateau state.

Angwa, who is a title holder, Garkuwan Bonugo Kwali Abuja, lamented that the level of killings and the elusive peace was unacceptable, urging government at all levels to end the carnage at all costs.

Speaking with journalists on Monday, he said, insecurity in Plateau and other places have led to people who should be farming are now living as Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs.

He said it is pathetic that local inhabitants are turned into IDPs at a very critical time when the nation is struggling to address the dreaded monster of insecurity and hunger as a result of food crisis already threatening the country.

Agwa, who is an indigene of Plateau suggested that government must exercise a political will to overcome the challenge, adding the defunct Operation Rainbow, a local based-security outfit in Plateau should be revived.

He condemned the killings of over “70 Rigwe people and burning down of houses, mowing down of ripped farm crops and looting of domestic animals and household items by suspected herders in Bassa LGA said the act is not only barbaric and evil, but a sheer wickedness and man’s inhumanity to man.

“This act is not only barbaric, but man’s inhumanity to man and therefore must be condemned by all.”

He expressed worries over the condition of the Rigwe people describing it as a very difficult situation for them to cope with, “You can imagine, after many years of living where you were born and brought up, and all of a sudden, your house is burnt down, some of your people killed, means of livelihood shattered and then you are placed as an IDP, this will not only be traumatic but horrific I must confess, quite worrisome,” Agwa said.

Agwa said: “The government must demonstrate political will in terms of dealing with the perpetrators or culprits via arrests, prosecution and dispense justice to the oppressed.”