- A group in Plateau known as the Plateau Youth Council (PSYC) has urged the federal government to take a second look at the security structures in the state
- The deputy chairman of PSYC, Gongden Othniel, said that residents and natives in the state are beginning to lose confidence in security agencies due to rampant killings
- Othniel further said that killers are getting bolder each day owing to the alleged laxity on the part of security bodies in the state
The Plateau Youth Council (PSYC) has called on the federal government to urgently review the security strategies in Plateau to forestall killings in the state.
Gongden Othniel, deputy chairman of the council, made the call at a news conference on Tuesday, June 26, in Jos, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
Othniel said the present security structure on ground in the state, since 2001, should be reviewed, adding that the people of the state had lost confidence in it.
He said: “The presence of security agencies under a climate of mistrust from the communities who are currently vulnerable and helpless is not good for the state-citizen relationship.
“The perpetrators of the heinous crime are getting bolder by the day due to the weak responses by the security agencies, this act has eroded the people’s confidence in the security structure.“
He also called for the formation of a civilian Joint Task Force (JTF) as applicable in the North-East with a view to helping the conventional security agencies on ground.
Othniel called on the state government to empower members of the Operation Rainbow to enable them perform their duty proactively. He also urged plateau youths to eschew violence and guard their various communities.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) on Tuesday, June 26, condemned the latest attack in Plateau by suspected herdsmen which left more 80 people dead.
NAIJ.com gathered that three council areas in the Plateau were attacked leaving scores killed, several others injured and property and homes razed by the attackers last Sunday.
In a statement issued in Enugu, the association condoled with the affected families, government and people of Plateau and urged the federal government to urgently address the issue of killings in the country.
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