The Transition Committee Chairman of Barkinladi local government area of Plateau state Mr. Dickson Chollom has said the killing of persons by gunmen in local government area has continued unabated.
The council chairman reported an incident to Journalists in Jos, on Monday, that one person was Sunday evening shot dead, while many were injured, when yet to be identified gunmen opened fire on commuters along Hiapang, Barkinladi road.
“Just yesterday (Sunday) evening along Hiapang, gunmen were shooting sporadically, gun one down, injured several others, the injured are currently hospitalized.”
Mr. Chollom made the disclosure in an interview with Journalists at his Resident in Jos, expressed worries that the insecurity situation in Barkinladi has affected his administration in all aspects of lives, particularly, the economic sector.
“A lots of farm produce almost ready for harvest in commercial quantity were destroyed by the assailants, my administration and citizens lost valuables amounting to several millions.”
According to the Barkinladi Transition Committee Chairman, more than 5,000 residences of his council were displaced from 25 populated communities, while several others killed.
He lamented that state governors and council chairmen are not in control of security apparatus, therefore making it difficult to manage insurgency.
“It is sad that the constitution of Nigeria refer to state governors as chief security officers of their states, likewise council chairmen, but in real sense, we (governors and council chairmen) we are mere advisers, we do not have control of the security of our council.”
Mr. Chollom pledged his support for the agitated creation of state police in Nigeria, according to him, state police, if created will be more effective in community policing to secure citizens.
“There is an urgent need for the creation of state police nationwide, to my understanding state police will community driven, just as the vigilante formation, they know the terrain, and could nip in the bud unforseen unrest in the bud.”
“But it is rather unfortunate that our security operatives this days, rather than go deep in the hinterland where suspected assailants are, do just patrol mostly on the highways. We are chief security officers, but in mere principle.” Mr. Chollom explained.
Speaking on the recent committee set by the Plateau state government to help relocate displaced persons from four council areas of the state to their traditional abodes, the Barkinladi council boss said communities will not returned, until proper security measures are put in place to effectively protect citizens.
“I can assure you that government is not unaware of the insecurities and the current development, therefore, until adequate security measures are put in place at all displaced communities, no IDP person will be asked to return to his or her homes.”
The council boss said government is doing it possible best in taking care of the displaced persons currently taken refuge in camps, so that to give them (IDP) hope and sense of belonging.
“Government at the state and local government level has taken delivery of relief materials to various IDP camps, this include medication, and other healthcare services, through NEMA and SEMA respectively.” Mr. Chollom revealed.