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Lalong chides military over excuses given for not responding to Plateau attacks

 

Simon Lalong, senator representing Plateau south, says he
was disappointed at the reasons given by the military for failing to respond to
bloody attacks in Plateau state.

 

Lalong spoke while contributing to a debate on a motion
sponsored by Diiket Plang, senator representing Plateau central, on Saturday.

 

“I heard a report from the military this morning and I was
disappointed. [It said] why they didn’t deal with the situation was because of
proximity and terrain,” he said.

 

“There is nothing like terrain in the military.”

 

Plang had drawn the attention of the red chamber to the
attacks.

 

On the eve of Christmas, some armed men killed many
residents during attacks on 17 communities in Bokkos and Barkin-Ladi LGAs of
Plateau state.

 

The attacks were said to have occurred on December 23 and
continued to 24 while residents were preparing for Christmas celebrations.

 

Houses were razed and properties were looted in the process.

 

On his part, Abdul Ningi, senator representing Bauchi
central, said the attack happened because there was no synergy between the
security agencies.

 

“What happened in Bokkos is unprecedented. When you have a
catchment of bandits moving at a go. There was a rumour of the attack and the
governor tried to make awareness of this attack but he was not taken
seriously,” Ningi said.

 

“We need to urgently call the security agencies to order.
There is no synergy.

 

 “The Plateau is in
dire need because they are settling over a thousand displaced people. It is a
terrible phenomenon. We have forgotten about our humanity.”

 

Ningi added that any security chief who is not competent
should be shown the way out.

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