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Tinubu condemns killings in Benue, Plateau

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has strongly condemned the spate of violence and killings in Plateau and Benue states.

In a statement by his media aide, Dele Alake, on Tuesday in Abuja, Tinubu expressed grief over the most recent killings in Plateau’s Mangu Local Government Area and parts of Benue.

NAN reports that the president ordered the security agencies to arrest the perpetrators of the dastardly and festering attacks.

He said; “It is most unfortunate that in this orgy of violence, an innocent eight-month-old baby in Farin Lamba community of Vwang District, Jos South Local Government, died in a conflict she knew nothing about.

“To build virile, peaceful and prosperous communities demand tolerance and forgiveness for every perceived wrongdoing”.

To rebuild trust and restore harmony to these conflict areas, Tinubu urged all stakeholders to help foster genuine and long-lasting peace. He called for further collaboration among community leaders, religious leaders, traditional rulers, socio-cultural organisations, and the leadership of the Arewa Consultative Forum, Jama’atu Nasril Islam, and the Christian Association of Nigeria.

While reaffirming his government’s strong determination to stamp out violent crimes and all forms of criminalities everywhere in Nigeria, the president directed security agencies to fish out the masterminds of the dastardly acts to face the full wrath of the law.

He, however, charged the governments of Plateau and Benue and emergency response agencies to provide support and immediate relief to victims displaced due to the conflicts.

According to Tersoo Kula, the spokesman for Governor Alia Hyacinth, no fewer than 24 persons were reportedly killed in Akpuuna village in Ukum Local Government Area of Benue on Saturday.