THIRY- six State Governors under the aegis of the Nigeria Governors Forum, NGF, Sunday condemned in very strong terms, what they described as horrible and senseless killing of 23 travellers around Gada Biyu in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State.
The governors have called on Security Agencies to as a matter of urgency, fish out all those involved and bring them forward to face the full wrath of the law in order to serve as a deterrent to those who may be contemplating similar action.
In a statement yesterday in Abuja by the NGF head of media and Public Affairs, Abdulrazaque Barkindo, the governors have called on all aggrieved ethnic nationalities and their militia to avoid needless killings in the land.
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The statement read, “The Nigeria Governors’ Forum condemns in its totality the barbaric and very tragic incident that led to the loss of 23 travellers around Gada Biyu in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State.
“The killing has all the colourations of several others like it where locals in particular parts of the country have become inhospitable and unwelcoming to other Nigerians living in or passing through their domains.
“These dastardly actions of Nigeria’s once peaceful locals which have resulted in unwarranted and needless deaths diminish us all as a people and pulls our country down to the deepest recesses of the absence of civilization. They also cause all kinds of reprisal killings and injurious interactions that does nobody any good.
“The Forum views with extreme disgust the horrible and thoughtless loss of precious lives and declare unequivocally that it must stop forthwith.
“Members of the Forum also call on the country’s security organisations to fish out all those involved and bring them forward to face the full wrath of the law to serve as a deterrent to those who are contemplating similar action.
“Members insist that no human life deserves to be wasted on any ground be it religious or ethnic, or even on the frivolous altar of mistaken identity and hope that Nigerians will desist from taking the law into their own hands so that the country can once again become a safe place for us all.
“Finally, the Forum calls on all aggrieved ethnic nationalities and their militia to avoid needless killings of this nature by always seeking law enforcement assistance and legal redress.”