Plateau State governor, Simon Lalong, has ordered that anyone who “rushes to bail suspects” linked to attacks in the State should be arrested.
The governor directed this on Tuesday, during an emergency meeting with stakeholders on peace and security in Jos, the State capital.
The meeting, according to reports, focused on the August 14 incident and other attacks in Bassa, Jos-South, Barkin-Ladi and Riyom LGAs.
Recall that no fewer than A total of 22 people were on August 14 killed, while several others sustained injuries when suspected gunmen attacked Muslim worshippers travelling along the Rukuba road, in Jos-North LGA.
While expressing concern over the recent attack, Lalong said serious action would be taken against persons found culpable, while victims will receive compensation.
“The rush to bail suspects of unrest when arrested for investigation frustrates efforts to find a lasting solution to insecurity in Plateau. Henceforth, people rushing to bail suspects will also be arrested”, he said, adding: “If you find them, please arrest them. If people rush to bail them, arrest them”.
He said that such action would deter people fond of bailing suspects of unrest, alleging that some persons could be sponsors or accomplices to such crimes.
Lalong noted that the meeting with critical stakeholders comprising former governors, political leaders, traditional and community leaders, was to seek their views on measures to end the cycle of violence in Plateau.
According to the governor, insecurity, particularly in some LGAs, requires concerted efforts toward lasting peace. “We cannot afford to fail the upcoming generation by refusing to do the needful”, he said.