The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) has called for full investigation over weekends attack that left 23 dead in Plateau State.
The Governors in a statement by its Head, Media and Public Affairs; Mr Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, in Abuja on Sunday, described the development as barbaric and senseless adding that the killing had all the colourations of several others like in which locals in particular parts of Nigeria.
They condemned the attack on the travelers at Rukuba Road in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau, demanding the arrest and prosecution of those behind the attack.
“These dastardly actions of Nigeria’s once peaceful locals which have resulted in unwarranted and needless deaths diminish us all as a people and pulls our country down to the deepest recesses of the absence of civilisation.
“They also cause all kinds of reprisal killings and injurious interactions that does nobody any good. The Forum views with extreme disgust the horrible and thoughtless loss of precious lives and declare unequivocally that it must stop forthwith.” the statement added.
They charged Police and other security agencies to collaborate and ensure the attackers are held to face the full wrath of the law to serve as a deterrent to those who are contemplating similar action.
The Forum insisted that no human life deserves to be wasted on any ground; be it religious or ethnic, or even on the frivolous altar of mistaken identity and expressed the hope that Nigerians should learn not to take laws into their own hands; so that the country could once again become a safe place for all.
The forum called on all aggrieved ethnic nationalities and their militia to avoid needless killings; instead, urging them to always seek law enforcement assistance and legal redress.