President Goodluck Jonathan wants the culprits behind the murders of Plateau state senator, Gyang Dantong and state lawmaker, Gyang Fulani brought to justice.
In a statement released shortly after the murders on Sunday, the President ordered security operatives to make certain the killers of the Plateau central district senator and the lawmaker be apprehended and charged.
Officials believe the government officials were gunned down by Fulani herdsmen. Both Dantong and lawmaker, Fulani, were attending a reception at the home of a traditional leader, following the mass burial of victims killed in Saturday’s village raids.
According to the Plateau state governor’s spokesman, Pam Ayuba, Fulani herdsmen had reportedly raided the home of the local leader where they opened fire killing Dantong, Fulani amongst others.
In a statement signed by Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati, the President described the killing as “cruel and regrettable”.
Jonathan further assured that the Federal Government “is working hard to ensure that there is a check on impunity”.
At least 23 people were killed when Fulani herdsmen raided some nine villages in the Riyom and Barkin-Ladi communities in attacks that have become increasingly frequent in the restive region.
However, Jonathan assured an end to such attacks, saying his administration’s sincerity was evident in the “recent changes made in the top echelon of our security architecture especially with the appointment of the new National Security Adviser.
“We shall continue to re- invigorate our fight against terrorism and impunity and we are already taking concrete steps,” the President said.