Abuja - Plateau State Governor, Jonah
Jang, has denied any involvement in the killing of citizens during clashes
between militia groups and the military.
Scores of people died amid reports Jang had deployed
Jang said it was "uncharitable, disheartening and
unfair" to drag his name into the recent killings.
"The governor said it is a height of irresponsibility
for anyone to envisage that for political reasons a governor will
connive with soldiers to kill his subjects," his Executive
Assistant on Media, Clinton Garuba, said.
He said it was widely known that neither the men of
the Special Task Force (STF) nor the police take orders from him.
"They are both controlled from Abuja by the Defence
Headquarters and the Force Headquarters respectively. To insinuate
that the Plateau State Government has a hand in the matter is only a
ploy to taint the image of the Governor and the State Government," the
governor's spokesperson said.
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He cautioned that the time for partisanship was over
and the government was now in a transition period and was doing
everything within its ability to have a smooth transition to the incoming
"To try to drag the Government into this matter
smacks more of a deliberate contraption to rubbish the government and
paint in bad light before the court of public opinion.
"The state government recognises that those who
lost loved one are in pain but must not allow such pain experienced at the
moment to push them to the point of making unguarded utterances that
will fan the embers of hatred and disunity among the people."
Meanwhile, Garuba disclosed that the State Emergency
Management Agency (SEMA) had been mandated to bring relief to the
"This is part of the little way government can
assuage the sufferings of the people affected. Government will continue to
whatever is within its powers to protect the lives of citizens until it
bows out on May 29," Garuba said.
- CAJ News