By TERYIMA ANDREW-
The Emir of Wase, Mohammed Sambo Haruna has blamed the protracted civil unrest in Plateau state to negligence of security agents, government and stakeholders.
The first class chief revealed that highly placed individuals including traditional rulers are beneficiaries of Plateau crisis.
“Let us be realistic with ourselves, we all know those who are perpetrating this crime, some beneficiaries of this crisis are high placed individuals in the society including traditional rulers.” The Emir revealed.
The royal father made the revelation on Thursday at a quarterly religious and community leaders meeting usually organized by Dialogue, Reconciliation and Peace (DREP) located at Kwang, Jos south local government area.
DREP was established about five years ago by the Catholic Archdiocese of Jos, to mitigate in the Plateau crisis through periodic meetings of stakeholders to dialogue.
Alhaji Sambo stressed that “instead of looking outward for criminals terrorism us, let us look inward, left for me, (Emir) any criminal arrested should be handed over to security agents, and they should be allow to do the needful.”
The Emir of Was regretted sadly that security agencies do compromise on their rules of engagements “if perpetrators of crime are punished accordingly, criminality will be reduced. Some criminals who were arrested following off and handed over to security operatives were release with their weapons three weeks after, the same criminal killed the source of their arrest.” He revealed.
The royal father revealed further that recent resumption of criminal activities in Plateau state was an early warning sign for another round of civil unrest is already knocking doors of Plateau state.
“The crisis that occurred years back started in a similar manner, the rate of criminality we are currently experiencing is an early warning sign, let us all be on the watch out.”
Responding on the alleged criminality, Director General Plateau Peace Building Agency Dr. Joseph Lengma said government is in touch with security agencies to nip in the bud any unrest.
Dr. Lengma however sought for collaboration of all stakeholders to enable the agency and government avert any round of killings in the state
Former chairman cattle breeders association Plateau state chapter Haruna Boro Useni, in a comment said the rate of renewed criminality in the state was alarming, particularly cattle rustling, the leader of the header call for prayers.
Speaking further on cattle rustling, Alhaji Boro revealed that security operatives do manhandled headers in the process of settling disputes between farmers and headers.
According to Ahaji Boro, his kinsmen are usually subjected to untold hardship in the hands of security agencies each time their is a dispute.
He therefore subjected for a traditional means of settlements between farmers and headers, where security operatives will not be involved.
Others who spoke at the meeting attributed renewed criminality to cultist activities by youth, and high consumption of drugs by youth was the major cause of criminality in communities.
Some speakers call for total prohibition of sell and consumption of illicit drinks in the state, according to them, it was the root cause violent.
The 2019 first quarterly meeting organized by DREP had in attendance high class traditional rulers, Religious leaders of Christian and Muslims, community leaders, women as well as youth leaders.
Management of DREP presented a research documents entitled “research dissemination conference on action for interreligious and intercultural pluralism in Nigeria.” Aimed at addressing issues concerning civil unrest.