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Plateau: Destruction of farms callous, criminal, inhuman – Lalong

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Following the recent destruction of over 80 farms in Plateau State by yet to be apprehended criminals, Governor Simon Lalong has described the act as “callous, criminal, inhuman and wicked”.

The governor equally said, the reported willful destruction of farm crops in some communities in the State is “unimaginable”.

He also directed security agencies to immediately swing into action by conducting a thorough investigation into this terrorist activity with a view to arresting those behind it and prosecuting them.

Lalong, while reacting to the ugly incident, said that people will go into a farm and mow down flourishing crops that are nearing maturity and expected to be harvested in the coming weeks and months for whatever reason.

According to him, “This is a premeditated act that must be addressed.

He said, “The recent case of such intentional decimation of farm crops in Kpachudu, Jebbu Miango in Bassa Local Government area is totally condemnable and unacceptable.

“From the reports, this is a carefully planned and executed act that is not only meant to provoke crisis, suspicion and instability in the area, but also render the victims poor and hungry.

According to him, “What these criminals fail to understand is that such actions will eventually leave the entire State and the country with food shortages where even the perpetrators will not escape.”

He maintained that the government, with the help of security agencies, will do everything within its power to unravel those behind the barbaric act and deal with them accordingly.

Without prejudice to the directive to security agencies to investigate the matter and apprehend culprits, the Governor has also mandated the Plateau Peace Building Agency to visit the affected areas and ascertain the level of damage, as well as foster dialogue within the communities with a view to ensuring that such incidents are avoided.

Lalong also urged community associations, traditional rulers, youth groups and vigilante platforms all over the State to be proactive by providing the security agencies with the intelligence to “pre-empt and foil” such plans as well as arresting the perpetrators who clearly are on a mission to return the State to the era of “pain and agony”.

The governor sympathized with the affected farmers and promised that the government will do its best to ensure that they get justice.



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