Plateau killings: Lalong begs Ondo people, govt. for forgiveness

Plateau State governor, Simon Lalong, has begged the government and people of Ondo for forgiveness, following the recent attack on their people.

Recall that about 23 people from Ondo State, passing through Jos were killed on Aug. 14, while 23 were reportedly 23 injured.

The commuters were attacked en route Ondo, along Rukuba road in Jos-North local government area, of which more than 30 were rescued by security agents.

The apology is contained in a statement by the governor’s Director of Press and Public Affairs, Dr. Makut Macham, on Saturday in Jos.

The governor apologised for the attack through his deputy, Prof. Sonny Tyoden, who led a delegation from the state to Ondo for a condolence visit, and to formally deliver the survivors of the unfortunate attacks.

Tyoden said the visit was to convey the condolences and apologies of the Government and people of Plateau to their families as well as the entire people of Ondo State.

He pleaded for forgiveness for the actions of the criminals who perpetrated the act, saying they acted on their own as they did not represent any religious, ethnic, or social interest in the attack.

He assured that the state government was committed to protecting the lives and properties of all Nigerians, saying that the culprits involved will be brought to book as many arrests have been made.

Responding, the State governor,  Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, represented by his deputy, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, said upon receiving the news, he immediately went to the cattle market to sympathise with the leadership of the Fulani brethren over the incident.

He said that his administration was concerned about the welfare of all citizens irrespective of their backgrounds, and appreciated his colleague for sending a high-level delegation to accompany their people back home.

The leader of the Fulani ethnic group in the South East, Kabiru Mohammed, assured that they have forgiven all in the interest of peace and stability of Nigeria.

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