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Jos Killings: Plans to impeach Gov. Lalong will be resisted, group warns

The group alleged that politicians in the state were now exploiting the security situation of the state for selfish interests.

• September 2, 2021
Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong
Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong

A group, Coalition of Plateau Ethnic Youth, has warned that it would resist secret plots to impeach Governor Simon Lalong on account of the insecurity that has now engulfed Plateau State.

Following renewed killing around Jos and environs, the group alleged that politicians in the state were now exploiting the security situation of the state for selfish interests.

“Those calling for the impeachment of the governor or imposition of a state of emergency in Plateau must desist henceforth because we will resist any attempt to use the game plan used in the past to throw us into confusion in the state,” Samson Lohnan, the group’s chairman warned at a press conference on Thursday in Jos.

Mr Lohnan said that instead of uniting to foster peace and harmonious coexistence, politicians in the state were busy playing politics at the detriment of people’s lives and properties.

The chairman condemned the secret plans to impeach Mr Lalong and described it as a move to throw the state into deep confusion.

“The series of unprovoked attacks by the enemies of peace and crisis merchants who are bent on destroying the economy of the home of peace and tourism, and tarnishing the good image of the peace loving and hospital people of this state is worrisome.

“As a coalition, we condemn in strong terms the renewed attacks, killings and wanton destruction of properties and farmlands in all parts of the state.

“But we want to warn all politicians in the state to desist from politicising insecurity in order to achieve selfish goals. The lives of the people should not be toyed with.

The Plateau State House of Assembly had given Mr Lalong a two-week ultimatum to find a lasting solution to the incessant killing of Plateau people by marauding gunmen.

Mr Lohnan, however, calls for synergy between the legislature and the executive arms of government towards finding a lasting solution to the myriad of security challenges bedeviling the state.

He advised residents of the state, particularly youth, to be peaceful, calm and law abiding at all times.

“However, we advise that Plateau youth and the good people of the state in general should remain vigilant to avert any security threat.

“Where your lives are threatened, you have a constitutional right to self-defense. Do not sit and be killed like chickens,” he said. 

Plateau has been thrown into renewed turmoil following sectarian killings and reprisals in the Miango Chiefdom, Rukuba and other parts on the outskirts of Jos metropolis.


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