Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has said that those who propagated inciting messages that sparked the recent violence in Jos and its environs were outside the State.
The governor said this in his remarks at the opening ceremony of the 3rd Quarterly Meeting of the Nigeria Interreligious Council, NIREC, in Abuja, on Thursday,
Lalong, who reiterated his commitment to tackle the security challenges in Plateau State, cautioned those in leadership positions against giving ethnic, religious or political colouration to the crisis.
He disclosed that some people have been arrested in connection with the latest attacks and vowed to ensure that justice was done.
The governor said, “The past few weeks in Plateau has been very challenging as we have witnessed a resurgence of attacks on innocent citizens leading to the loss of many lives and destruction of properties.
“Unfortunately, we have seen that some of those who propagated inciting messages and tanning toxic ideas are people outside our state.
“While we continue to take security measures to deal with criminals, such attacks are easily given ethnic or religious colours.
“I urge you to pray for Plateau State as we are doing everything possible to address the situation.
“We are isolating the few criminals that want to return our State to the days of agony and we shall deal with them. In all the recent attacks, arrests have been made and justice will be done.”