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Lalong Partners Security Agents To Flush Out Criminals...

 Lalong  partners security agents to flush out criminals


February 3,2021



By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos 


Plateau state Governor Simon Lalong on Wednesday said that his adminstration is working with security operatives to make the state crime free .



 He made this known while speaking at the 6th Plateau Prayer Day organized by the state government and Christan Association of Nigeria CAN in Jos .



Lalong said that despite the difficult economic situation, his adminstration would  continue  to make giant strides in turning the fortunes of our State to its God-given Status as the Home of Peace and Tourism and the preferred destination for investment for people within and outside the country.


In his words " While we talk about the progress of our State, we are confronted by emerging challenges of crimes that were rarely recorded in our State.


" These crimes want to cast a dark shadow on our achievements in restoring peaceful coexistence among our people. "


Lalong lamented that the incidences of kidnapping, cultism and other violent crimes in some parts of Plateau State have constituted a major concern for the Government and our citizens in recent times.


" The Government is not closing its eyes but working hard with the security agencies and stakeholders to ensure that the ugly incidences are dealt with." 



 He said that he is determined to do it's  best in providing purposeful leadership that inspires confidence, supports peaceful coexistence, delivers basic services and infrastructure to the people, as well as leave behind lasting legacies for generations yet to come.


" It is part of putting a stop to this worrisome situation that I signed into law the Bill on Anti-kidnapping, Land grabbing, Cultism and Violence-Related Matters that was passed by the State House of Assembly. With this law operational, kidnappers who are caught, tried and convicted for kidnapping in Plateau State will face stringent punishment.


Lalong further added that "The same fate awaits others who are also convicted for cultism and other violent crimes. The Government has noted complaints about the shoddy investigation and prosecution of suspects who are arrested for kidnapping, rape and other violent crimes. 

"We are disturbed by the reports that some of these suspects do not get to be arraigned as and when due or are even released without charge despite overwhelming evidence tendered to law enforcement agents. This is unacceptable and we are engaging the relevant security agencies to deal with the matter decisively. "



As Governor, I have assured the citizens of my willingness to swiftly do my part in respect of anyone convicted of kidnapping so as to save our people from sleepless nights. We have laboured hard to bring back peace to our State and cannot sit by and watch criminals snatch it away from us. This is not going to happen under my watch."


"We want investors to come into our State and establish businesses to further empower our people. We have to equally stop the situation where many of our people are afraid to pursue their legitimate businesses including farming because some hoodlums kidnap and force them and their loved ones to pay ransoms to secure their freedom. "

 


In the area of development, he said hid adminstration is  steadily going on with it,s determination to complete abandoned projects  "we inherited and new ones we initiated. Work is going on at various locations including the Lalong Legacy Projects. Within few months, we shall be commissioning some of them such as the General Hospitals in Riyom, Kanke and Mabudi among others." he added .

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