From Jude Owuamanam, Jos

Chairman, Senate Committee on Labour Employment and Productivity, Senator Diket Plang, has urged the Federal Government to find a lasting solution to the recurring killings on the Plateau.

He condemned in strong terms the recent crisis in the Mangu local government area of Plateau State.

Senator Plang, expressed shock over the unfortunate incident, describing it as a setback not to the people of the local government and the entire state, but the country at large.

He expressed regret that various efforts and peace initiatives embarked upon in recent times have failed to yield the expected results.

Plang, who is also the Senator representing Plateau Central Senatorial District of the state said it was pathetic that such an unfortunate incident could happen when all hands are deck to put an end to incessant carnage and destruction of properties in the troubled parts of the state.

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“This incident was so sad and strange, but, however, we can still agree and work together. I still feel that we can have a permanent solution. Mangu was known as a peaceful local government where all, irrespective of creed, tribal, and religious affiliations, lived together in peace and harmony, but some bad elements have infiltrated to soil the good relationship.

“I therefore mourn with the people of Mangu local government, sympathize with the people of Plateau State and Nigeria over this colossal loss, and I pray that God will have mercy on us and give us the heart to forgive and have permanent peace within our community.”

Plang expressed gratitude to the traditional rulers, leaders of development associations, and religious leaders for their selfless efforts in curtailing the situation, adding that the situation would have been worse if not for their prompt interventions.

He also commended the security agencies for their efforts in keeping peace on the area.

The senator urged them not to relent in their efforts toward permanent peace in the local government and other parts of the state.

Plang , however, frowned at the trend whereby those arrested were never brought to justice, stressing the non prosecution of suspects has tended to embolden the perpetrators to continue with their murderous instincts.