Plateau State Governor, Caleb Mutfwang, has frowned at the level of destruction witnessed in communities in the Mangu local government area of the state, saying misguided people on drugs escalated the situation.
Mutfwang stated this as he went round on Friday to console survivors in Kwashlalek, a community where 27 persons were burnt in a house, as well as others in Mangu and Bokkos local government areas, to assess the level of destruction and promise to step up the campaign to stamp out illicit drugs in the state.
The Governor appealed to citizens to look out for people bent on causing division and faulted those packaging the acts of terrorism in the state as a quarrel between brothers, as he insisted it was a deliberate act to cripple the economy of Mangu and, by extension, the entire state.
His words: “I can’t imagine the loss of humanity; I couldn’t believe human beings could be this callous; I imagine the pain of the 27 persons burnt to death by the wicked people. I sympathise with the families of those who lost their loved ones. The way the merchants of conflict have tried to package the carnage as a quarrel between brothers is unfortunate. These people are deliberately bent on destroying the economy of Mangu.
“Today is market day, and Mangu Market is an international market. Imagine the losses from the looting and burning of foodstuffs. It means that we are facing a potential shortage of food before the next farming season. I appeal that people look out for people bent on dividing us; the youths should desist from taking laws into their own hands. Imagine what it will take to recover from this. It is time to love your brother more than a friend who is a criminal.”
By Opeoluwa Michael Ayobami