- The Plateau state governor's convoy was attacked on Saturday, July 14
- Governor Simon Lalong's convoy was attacked by Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in the state
- The state government has vowed to fish out the perpetrators of the attack
The Plateau state government on Sunday, July 15, said it has set in motion machinery to fish out those who embarrassed its principal, Governor Simon Lalong, who was pelted with stones on Saturday, July 14 at an IDP camp.
Governor Lalong is becoming increasingly unpopular in the north-central state after series of attacks by armed herdsmen on local communities, populated by farmers.
Many accuse the governor of playing politics with the situation and failing address the issues headlong like some of his counterparts in other states.
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The government, however, vowed to bring to justice all those conniving to make the state unsafe by “sowing the seed of discord among the people.”
A statement issued by the state commissioner of information and communication, Yakubu Dati, said government views the attack on the governor’s convoy as an affront on the authority of the state and will take appropriate measures to checkmate “merchants of division and death.”
“The hoodlums, acting on the script of their sponsors, laid ambush on the highway and attacked the Governor ‘s convoy with stones, rods and other unidentified objects, damaging vehicles in the convoy including those belonging to the press corps, security and relief agencies,” the statement stated.
Dati said it was regrettable that while efforts at restoring peace were yielding results, certain unpatriotic elements were bent on returning the state to the “sad era of bloodletting by instigating religious and ethnic hatred for cheap political gains.”
Recently, four IDPs from recent herdsmen attacks died in one of the camps due to the Plateau and federal government's failure to provide adequate health care and food for the displaced residents.
While two of the deaths were health related, the other two were due to an accident which occurred outside the camp, while they went in search for food.
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