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30 Jun 2018

Plateau killings: Curfew imposed by govt not working - says Women group

Reactions have continued to trail the curfew imposed by the Plateau State Government as a result of the killing of over 200 persons in some villages of the State, as the Plateau State Women for Women and He for She (W4W and He4She) on Saturday said the curfew imposed is not working.

It would be recalled that the State Government had last Sunday imposed curfew in Barkin Ladi, Riyom and Jos South LGAs as a result of the aforementioned killings.

But the women have now said that “if they want this curfew to work, the security apparatus should be on their toes”.
This was disclosed by Dr. Jophia N. Gupar, Plateau State Coordinator, W4W and HE4SHE, while addressing journalists in Jos.

Gupar said, “We are being realistic here, the curfew is not working; if they want this curfew to work, the security apparatus should be on their toes, let them be serious with human life.

“There are certain things we don’t want to say here because until we confirm them, there are incidences, we don’t want to be misquoted.

“Let this government know that as the leader of these women on the Plateau, I have sacrificed my life for this course.

“If sacrificing my life will bring lasting peace on the Plateau so be it, enough is enough, whether at the State or Federal levels”, she maintained.

“We are here to support government to succeed, because if there is no peace on the land, there won’t be meaningful development, and they can never lead, be you a Governor. If I’m not having a cordial relationship with these women I can never lead them.

“We want to thank President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo for visiting Plateau State and sharing in our grief, but we demand a total overhaul of the security system in the country as reports from various quarters indicate that the security apparatus in the country has been compromised. We deserve security officers we can trust.

“We also call on the government that the state owned security outfit, Operation Rainbow, should be well equipped and properly utilized since it has presence in all the 17 Local Government Areas of the State.

“We want to also suggest that the Federal Government bring in all retired security personnel who abound in Plateau State and the nation at large, whose wealth of experience can be harnessed, to brainstorm and come up with a template which can be used to mitigate, nip future occurrences in the bud”, she stressed.

The group demanded that traditional rulers, mai anguwas, ward heads and women representatives, who according to them are always at the receiving end, should be integrated into the security architecture at all levels of governance.

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