Plateau Killings: IGP Fires Police Commissioner
48 hours after the killing of over 100 people in Barkin Ladi, Riyom and Jos South Local Government Areas, the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris has sacked the Plateau State Commissioner of Police, Undie Adie, with immediate effect.
This comes as Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, described recent killings and violence in Plateau State as vicious and horrible, reiterating the resolve of the Federal Government to find permanent solutions to problems of insecurity in the country and ensure that the perpetrators of the recent attacks in the State are brought to book.
Prof. Osinbajo said this on Monday during a visit to the State where he met with leaders and representatives of communities related to the conflicts.
He said, “We must condemn killings of any kind. It doesn’t matter whether these killings are by herdsmen killing villagers, or whether it is villagers who in one way or the other have killed others, including herdsmen. I think it is important that we condemn these killings, in particular these killings that have taken place where so many people have lost their lives in the last few days. There is no reason at all why anyone who commits these offences will escape.”
Noting that security have been beefed up by the deployment of more police and military personnel to the affected areas, the Vice President said justice will be done and those arrested will be duly prosecuted.
“The head of the Operation Safe Haven as well as the DIG (Police) have confirmed to me that some arrests have been made and those persons will face the law, and that more arrests will be made. I think it is important that we ensure that there is justice. I want you to be sure that we will do so, we will make sure that those who have been arrested are duly prosecuted, and that others who are engaged in this heinous conduct are also arrested and prosecuted.”
During the Vice President’s visit, he met with community leaders in the state, noting that government will look at how to implement several suggestions proffered by the leaders in resolving the herdsmen and farmers conflicts in the state.
He further said government remains committed to finding permanent solutions to the problems of insecurity.
“It is our duty as community leaders that we do not allow this cycle of violence to continue. As I said to the community leaders, issues like these are dealt with and resolved by men and not spirits. It is those of us who are alive and well today, those of us who are leaders, community leaders, leaders of state, local and federal governments, who must resolve these issues. And we cannot shy away from resolving the issues.”