Fish out perpetrators of Plateau killings – Seventh-Day Adventist tells FG
The North East Nigeria Conference of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church has tasked both the Federal and the Plateau State governments to fish out those responsible for the Christmas Eve killings of innocent people in 3 LGAs of Barkin-Ladi, Bokkos and Mangu in Plateau State by bandits.
The Church in a press statement issued to newsmen in Gombe on Thursday expressed utter dismay, shock and sorrow, noting that the acts were as senseless and barbaric, just as they were unjustifiable.
While sympathising with the innocent victims of these heinous acts, the Church said it was imperative for government at all levels to unmask the perpetrators and ensure justice for both the deceased and survivors.
According to the statement by Pastor Joshua Ezra Mallum, President, North-East Nigeria Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the church called on both the government and security agencies to step up efforts at ensuring the safety of lives and property in Plateau State.
Mallum on behalf of the church called on the security agencies to beef up security measures to curb further occurrences and restore the erstwhile peaceful status quo of Bokkos, Barkin Ladi and Mangu as well as Plateau State as a whole.
The Church also called on government agencies, corporate organisations and good-spirited individuals to expedite action for the immediate provision of relief materials to the displaced victims and those in the IDP camps.
While condemning the attacks, Mallum said the recent attacks should be a cause for worry in view of the confidence with which the bandits carried out their heinous activities in broad daylight, unlike the previous ones that were carried out at nights.
“The Church also observes with chagrin that despite repeated calls from well-meaning groups and individuals on the government to set up a machinery for tackling the security challenges in Plateau State and across the Federation, repeated manhunts and genocidal invasions of territories have become the order of the day, sometimes happening for long hours within the proximities of security outfits and in manners that overwhelm the inhabitants of the besieged communities.”
While praying to God to expose the evils plans of the enemies of peace in Plateau State, the Church encouraged the entire people of the state to remain steadfast in its reputable peaceful disposition and to initiate measures of protection against further attacks.
“While the church mourns with Plateau on the dastardly act, we take solace in the word of God that sorrow, death, and pain will all end when Jesus wipes away all tears in our eyes Revelation 21:4,” the Conference President said.