Plateau unrest: APC elders urge Lalong to incorporate youths into state-owned security outfit

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The Plateau State All Progressives Congress Elders Council on Friday called on the State Government to revisit its transition committee report to identify citizens of the state who were trained abroad by the immediate past administration on security and intelligence gathering.

The elders said the call is to ensure that such citizens are absorbed into the state-owned security outfit, Operation Rainbow, to complement the recently trained 3, 000 vigilantes to help stem the security challenges bedevilling the state.

Newspot recalls that the immediate past administration in the state led by Sen. Jonah Jang had trained hundreds of youths in the state on security and intelligence gathering.

The Elders also appealed to the Federal Government to redeem its pledge of ten billion Naira made to the state for the “rebuilding and resettlement of the IDPs as well as reconciliation processes” since 2018.

The Group also appealed to the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and the National Emergency Management Agency to as a matter of urgency hasten the process of presentation of relief materials to “alleviate and ease the suffering of the affected victims and communities”.

Arch Pam Gyang who spoke on behalf of the elders, while briefing journalists in Jos condemned the recent violence in the state and any form of ethnic profiling, adding that, doing so will only breed hatred amongst the citizenry.

Gyang said, “The Plateau State All Progressives Congress Elders Council enjoin the Rescue Administration to revisit and dust its transition committee report, so as to identify citizens of Plateau State that were hitherto trained abroad by the last administration on security and intelligence gathering, to be reabsorbed into the Operation Rainbow to complement the recently trained 3, 000 vigilantes.

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“We appeal to the Federal Government to as matter of urgency redeem the pledge of Ten Billion Naira made to Plateau State for the rebuilding and resettlement of the IDPs as well as reconciliation processes.

”The elders hereby caution citizens, critical stakeholders and those holding positions of leadership of any kind against making inflammatory comments that will instigate “conflict or jeopardize” the peace efforts of government, civil societies and well-spirited individuals.

The Council urges security agencies to step up their intelligence network to unravel the unknown gunmen in our society; adding that “when done, will bring to end killings of peaceful and innocent citizens”.

The Elders sympathized with the Beroms, Irigwes, the families of victims of the Rukuba Road attacks, the Anaguta, the Fulanis and all families who lost their loved ones on account of the senseless killings.

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