Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau on Monday said that the government would reinforce security in attack prone communities, following the killing of scores of people in some communities in the state.
Lalong stated this is in a state broadcast on the killings.
It would be recalled that the police authorities on Sunday confirmed 86 people dead in multiple attacks in nine communities in the state in the last three day.
“Government has taken decisive steps to reinforce security, particularly in communities prone to attacks.
“In the same vein, government is working to tackle the underlying causes of conflict,’’ he said.
The governor said that the resurgence of violence in the state was reprehensible as much as condemnable.
Lalong, who condoled with the families of those affected, prayed God to grant the deceased rest in his glorified kingdom.
The governor assured the people that government was conscious of its responsibilities of protection of lives and properties of its citizenry.
“I took oath to protect and secure the lives and property of our citizens as governor of Plateau.
“For this reason, my administration has placed high premium on peace, security and good governance, being the first item on our five-pillar policy thrust.
“Regardless of the threat we face today, we remain resolute in our commitment to arrest the vicious circle of violence and lay the foundation of sustainable peace,” he added.
He urged all and sundry to exercise restraint, observe the curfew in place, saying that traditional rulers, religious leaders, elders, political leaders and their subjects should remain vigilant.
Lalong also advised them to cooperate with security agencies working to keep the peace.
“Let me strongly caution against any deliberate attempt to politicise the crises, giving it religious colouration, fake news, deliberate distortions and misinformation.
“Government through the appropriate security agencies will not hesitate to deal decisively with any trouble maker or peace spoiler,” he warned.