UPP condemns killings in Plateau

By Valentine Amanze

The United Progressive Party (UPP) has condemned the killing of more than 120 people and the destruction of properties worth millions of naira in Plateau State by the Fulani herdsmen at the weekend.

  The Chairman, Chief Chekwas Okorie, stated that the party was saddened beyond description by the massive destruction of lives and property of the people of Plateau State by bands of Fulani insurgents.

  He said: “This is one attack too many. This particular attack has attained the proportion of a genocide which has put Nigeria on the world map for reasons we should all be ashamed of.

  “We fervently urge President Muhammadu Buhari to pay urgent attention to the security architecture of Nigeria. We urge the Nigeria Police, especially the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to deploy the same technology that he has used to crack recent armed robbery and kidnapping criminal activities where the perpetrators escaped and within a short time most of them were rounded up with the use of modern technology of which the general public has applauded the Police.”

  He pointed out that the terrorists (the attackers) communicate among themselves and with their sponsors within and outside Nigeria, stressing that it was therefore unacceptable that the Police Force that was equipped with modern technology has been unable to make any significant breakthrough or arrest of the killers.

  The UPP chief therefore appealed to the Federal Government to find a lasting solution to the high level insecurity in Nigeria.

 Besides, he warned: “If no urgent steps are taken to check the activities of the insurgents, the political campaigns leading to the much expected 2019 general elections may be seriously jeopardized as no meaningful campaign can take place in volatile and dangerous environment, including the fact that very low and poor voter turnout will be expected in the areas that are unsafe. Such eventuality will not only constitute a major setback to the consolidation and growth of our democratic process, it will also be a major minus to the improved number of registered voters so far recorded by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), who are looking forward to participating in the 2019 general elections in an unfettered and safe environment,” he said.

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