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Plateau: Institute calls for arrest, prosecution of killers

The Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) has condemned the killings of innocent Nigerians in Plateau State on Christmas Eve and called for the…

The Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) has condemned the killings of innocent Nigerians in Plateau State on Christmas Eve and called for the arrest and prosecution of the perpetrators.

The institute said the coordinated attacks which were carried out on a day meant to celebrate love, compassion and togetherness, but brought untold agony, suffering and grief to the affected communities called for urgent action on the part of the government.

Recall that over a hundred people were killed in cold blood in Gashish and Ropp districts of Barkin Ladi and Bokkos LGAs of Plateau State on Christmas Eve.

IPCR in a statement by its Director General, Dr. Joseph Ochogwu, said as an institute that has been in the vanguard of peace, “there’s no doubt that peaceful coexistence is the hallmark of a progressive nation.

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“I have insisted that peace, unity and security have the potential to break the vicious circle of underdevelopment and that nation-building is the responsibility of all.

“Bloodletting is not an achievement but has the potential of scaring investors away from us. Nobody invests in a country where insecurity holds sway; we should all rally around President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on his ‘Renewed Hope’ agenda so that we can have the country of our dreams.

“The Nigeria of our dream doesn’t harbour unnecessary killings, the Nigeria of our dream doesn’t harbour hatred for one another. Our dream is to have a viable nation, where citizens have a sense of belonging.

“Let us build the future of our country today and stop the actions and inactions that will put us in a bad light, where the country will be compared with terrorist nations.”

He said while our security agencies are doing well, IPCR is appealing to them to put more effort in addressing the challenges bedevilling the nation.

“We condemn the killings and call for peace and conflict resolution on conflict-related issues. We also call for the apprehension and prosecution of criminals involved in the killings,” he said.

 

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