Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has condemned killings of innocent citizens in communities in Plateau State at the weekend.
The Governor in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Olayinka Oyebode, described the massacre of over 100 persons as “wicked, callous ungodly, barbaric , unacceptable, and highly reprehensible”.
Killing of mourners at the funeral of their loved ones, according to him, is the highest height of bestiality and inhumanity.
Fayemi charged relevant security agencies to ensure that the perpetrators of the weekend’s mass slaughter are arrested and brought to justice. He expressed sadness over the humanitarian crisis triggered by the latest Plateau bloodbath which has seen many people move to states considered to be safer.
Fayemi lamented the non-implementation of reports of the Prince Bola Ajibola-led Commission of Inquiry and the retired Major-General Emmanuel Abisoye led Panel of Inquiry into the incessant ethno-religious violence in Plateau State.
He noted that the implementation of the reports would have assisted in nipping the mindless killings in the North-Central state in the bud. The governor called for the investigation of an alleged complicity of security officials in the killings that took place in villages in Barkin Ladi and Riyom Local Government Areas of Plateau State.
Fayemi further advised security agencies to re-adjust their strategies to tackle the sophistication of the masterminds of the violence, mass murder in Plateau and other parts of the North. He expressed dismay with the impunity which the perpetrators of the violence carry out their nefarious and dastardly acts.
While offering his condolences to the government and people of Plateau State, Fayemi pray God to grant the families of the victims the fortitude to bear the huge loss.
Last modified: July 11, 2012