Tuesday 15 June 2021


By: Valentine Adese (JP),

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has expressed disgust over the murderous incident, which occurred on Sunday night in Sabon Layi Kuru, in Jos South Local Government, which left 12 people dead and 5 persons critically injured.

The Governor, who also expressed distress over the killings of the innocent citizens said, “These unprovoked and isolated attacks on soft targets must be stopped at all cost, as the State Government will never allow few criminal elements to create fear in the hearts of the citizens”.

In a press release signed by, Dr. Makut Simon Macham, the Director of Press and Public Affairs to the Governor, dated, 14th June, 2021, Governor Simon Lalong has also appealed to citizens of the state, to increase surveillance and intelligence gathering as well as collaborate with security agencies to foil such attacks, “which are carried out in a hit and run fashion by criminals, who are bent on disturbing the peace of the State”.

Governor Lalong stated this during his visit to the scene to commiserate with the families of the victims and the Kuru community in Jos South LGA.

The Governor, who was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Plateau State, Prof. Danladi Atu, condemned the attack describing those behind it as cowards who have no courage to face their victims for whatever grievances they might harbour against them.

He said, “irrespective of the motives behind the killings, the Government is treating it as a purely criminal activity and has directed security agencies to swiftly investigate, pursue, and arrest the perpetrators, who must face justice”.

Atu, who announced a donation by the Government for the treatment of those injured and the burial of the deceased, said the Government is injecting more equipment into the security apparatus to enhance their rapid response in crime prevention and investigation.


The Secretary to the Government thereafter held a meeting with the Gwom Rwei Kuru District, Da Patrick Mandung, community and youth leaders as well as the Management Committee Chairman, Jos South Local Government Area Hon. Gideon Dandereng who all appreciated the Government for its quick intervention and visit, promising to intensify intelligence gathering and fully cooperate with security agencies in unraveling those behind the killings.

They said despite the ugly incident, the spirit of the people will never be broken and their hospitality and tolerance will not change as they remain a peaceful community who embrace all people irrespective of their backgrounds and harbour no grudge against anyone.

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