Governor Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau State has said that he is prepared to put an end to the menace by insurgents in the state.
He said this while inspecting the first Neighbourhood Security Watchtower at Dutse Uku in Jos North Local Government Area,
The governor disclosed his intention to strengthen security in the state so as to consolidate on the peace that has been experienced in recent times.
However, a recent attack on Kunben village in the Kombun District of Mangu Local Government Area, according to Lalong, seems to shatter the peace the state enjoys.
According to reports, the attack claimed the lives of many innocent citizens, thereby prompting the governor's visit.
Governor Lalong, who visited the palace of the Mishkaham Mwagavul Da, Nelson Bakfur, in Mangu town, to commiserate with him over the incident, was accompanied by his Deputy, Professor Sonny Tyoden, the Commander of Operation, Safe Haven, Gen. Augustine Agundu, and other service chiefs in the state.
The governor stated that the security agencies were already working conscientiously to unmask those behind the heinous crime.
“We are saddened by this attack, which is the work of evil criminals and has the tendency to interrupt our New Year if we allow it. That is why I abandoned everything to personally come here and share your pains and to assure you that we will not allow the enemies of Plateau State to take us back to the era of violence, which we have already put behind us," he said.
Governor Lalong added: “What has happened is painful, but I am appealing for your patience and forgiveness. Those behind this will be made to face the full weight of the law as we will not rest until they are apprehended and made to face justice."
The governor was briefed on the concept of the Neighbourhood Security Watchtower by the Permanent Secretary, Cabinet, and Special Services, Mr Cornelius Shiolbial.
“Your Excellency, the idea behind this is to have a permanent security presence here that consists of security personnel and representatives of the community who will be working hand in hand to ensure that the whole area is under surveillance and any threat to peace is detected and dealt with on time," Shiolbial said.
He added: “The structure here provides offices, watch facilities and a conference hall where they can meet and analyse whatever is observed and possibly diffuse any tension.”He told the governor that the security team headed by Operation Rainbow will run shifts and use the watchtower which is well-positioned to observe large parts of the city.”