Killings: Reps urge CDS to set up Civilian Joint Task Force in Plateau

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By Aaron Ossai

Worried by the incessant killings in some local government areas of Plateau state, the House of Representatives yesterday urged the Chief of Defence Staff, Christopher Musa to establish a Civilian Joint Task Force in the state to curtail the situation.

The House also asked the Army Chief to set up a Committee to investigate the immediate cause of the incessant terrorist attacks in Mangu, Bokkos, Barkin Ladi and Riyom Local Areas of the state.

It also mandated the Committees on Defence and Legislative Compliance to ensure compliance and furnish the House with a weekly report until the insecurity is brought under control.

The decision of the House was sequel to a motion of urgent national importance on terrorist attacks in Mangu Local Government Area sponsored by Hon. Ishaya David Aliyu representing Bokkos/Mangu Federal Constituency of Plateau state.

Leading debate on the general principles of the motion, Hon. Aliyu noted that on January 24, 2024 there was another attacks on the People of Mangu Local Government Areas of the state during which more than 50 persons were killed while many others were seriously injured with over 1,000 houses and other properties worth billions of Naira completely destroyed with about 20,000 people displaced at different Internally Displaced Persons IDP camps within and outside the Local Government Area.

He also said that most of the victims that sustained various degrees of injuries are currently receiving medical attention at different hospitals within the State.

Hon. Aliyu who also the Deputy Chairman, House Committee on House Services that the continuous attacks by the terrorist in the said Local Government Areas need to be addressed immediately.

At the end of debate on general principles of the motion, majority of members at plenary adopted all its prayers via a voice vote.