By Olugbenga Salami
The federal government has vowed that the perpetrators of the killings of armless people of Bokkos and Barkin-Ladi Local Government Areas of Plateau State on the eve of Christmas would be arrested and made to face the full wrath of the law.
The gunmen reportedly attacked the two local government areas around 10pm last Sunday killing over 100 people while scores of others were either seriously wounded or missing.
Sympathising with the state government and families of the victims, the leadership of the police ecosystem reiterated its commitment to bringing the perpetrators of the heinous crime to justice.
The Minister of Police Affairs, Senator Ibrahim Gaidam, in a message of condolence he personally signed on the incident, said “the loss of innocent lives is a tragedy that touches us all, and we stand united with the people of Plateau State during this difficult time”, adding that “the actions of these enemies of the country have caused immense pain and sorrow, and we extend our sympathies to the affected families and communities.”
“In line with the directives of Mr. President, we will leave no stone unturned in apprehending both the collaborators and prime suspects involved in this crime against humanity. Our collective resolve is to ensure that those responsible face the full force of the law.
“We also pray for the quick recovery of the injured citizens and security agencies who bravely worked to secure the affected villages. It is our firm belief that by standing together, cooperating with security agencies, and providing vital information, we can assist in arresting these callous criminals who are currently on the run.
“We understand the gravity of the security challenges facing Plateau State and the entire country, and we assure you of our continued collaboration with other stakeholders to address these issues.
“Despite this tragic incident, we remain steadfast in our commitment to ongoing reforms within the police, aimed at enhancing professionalism and the delivery of top-notch service to the Nigerian people. We will not allow such incidents to deter us from our mission,” the minister stated.