January 30, 2023
MP expresses sadness over Kuru killings Hon. Dachung Musa Bagos

MP expresses sadness over Kuru killings

From Christiana Gokyo, Jos

A member representing Jos South/Jos East at the House of Representatives, Hon. Dachung Musa Bagos has expressed sadness over the recent Kuru killings.

He said the blood of the 12 victims killed by unknown gunmen would never go in vain.

The attack, which took place on Sunday, June 13, 2021 within his constituency around Danchol (Sabon Layi) and Kushe, in Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State was carried out simultaneously at Beyi, Kum and Wereng camps of Barkin Ladi.

Two other persons were also confirmed dead at Zogu village of Rigwe in Bassa Local Government Area, while another two persons sustained varying degrees of gunshot injuries.

At the scene of the event, Bagos assured the people that they would not keep quiet but continue to talk about the issues, adding that they would continue to push for their voices to be heard.

He said: “I know God will definitely judge them.”

A visibly emotional Bagos who was moved by the wailing of women and youths at Sabon Layi, Jos South Local Government Area called on the people to be more vigilant about their security and not to take the laws into their hands.

He promised the people that their voices would be heard as long as he’s in the green chamber.

Distressed by the killing at Sabon Layi, Kuru in Jos South Local Government Area, Governor Simon Bako Lalong of the state has appealed to the citizens 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.

The governor expressed disgust over tte incident which occurred on Sunday night in the area, leaving 12 people dead and five critically injured.

Lalong said such attacks must be stopped at all cost, as the government would never allow few criminal elements to create fear in the hearts of the citizens.

During a visit to the scene to commiserate with the families of the victims and the Kuru community, the governor, who was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the 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 was treating it as a purely criminal activity and has directed security agencies to swiftly investigate, pursue and arrest the perpetrators who must face justice.

He announced a donation by the government for the treatment of those injured and the burial of the deceased, saying the his administration was 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 of 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 would never be broken, adding that their hospitality and tolerance would 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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