Following the directive of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Boxing Day to security agencies to fish out and bring to justice the perpetrators of onslaughts on over 20 communities in Bokkos LGA on Christmas Eve whose death toll exceeds 155, and the mobilization of relief materials for surviving victims of the attacks as well as medical treatment for the wounded, a powerful delegation led by the Vice President, Kashim Shettima, came to the state for an assessment of the situation.
Empathizing with the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, at Bokkos Mini Stadium, yesterday, Shettima assured them of the Federal Government’s determination of bringing perpetrators of the onslaught to justice.
He expressed sadness and condemned the unfortunate attacks which threw dark cloud over Plateau and deprived the state of the joy of Christmas, saying FG will not rest on its oars until justice is secured for them.
He said, “My dear people of Bokkos, we are here to sympathize with you over the recent killings. You are not alone; this government, particularly the President, stands with you. We are here to deliver justice, the path to our collective unity and peace. We will not rest until you all access justice and end the security challenges confronting this state.”
Shettima who described the genocide as mindless, unfortunate and barbaric, admonished citizens of the State to remain resilient and to trust in God so as to overcome the current security challenges.
The Vice President, Governor Caleb Mutfwang and the National Security Adviser, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, (who was on the entourage of the VP) addressed Plateau elders across religious and political party lines and advocated for tolerance, peace and unity for the collective growth and development of the state.
Responding, Governor Mutfwang, appreciated Mr. President for delegating the Vice President, National Security Adviser and all Security Chiefs to come and evaluate the situation and to facilitate continuous dialogue and harmonization of ideas in the best interest of the State.
According to him, the Vice President’s visit was a demonstration of undaunted will towards terminating all forms of insecurity bedeviling the state.
He said, ‘We are here to sympathise with you and as governor of this state, my heart is so heavy. But the visit of the Vice President is a clear demonstration of the political will to deal with the situation; the shedding of blood has to stop.
“We appeal to the Federal Government to fish out the perpetrators of the dastardly act and be made to face the full wrath of the law.”
The Governor further visited injured persons at Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH), empathized with them and promise to offset their medical bills.