By John Ikani
The Plateau State House of Assembly has asked residents to take up arms and defend themselves.
The call comes amid the killings of hundreds as crisis engulfed several areas of the State.
Addressing newsmen in Jos, the Plateau State capital on Friday, Chairman, House Committee on Information, Hon. Dasun Philip Peter, said the conventional security means can no longer guarantee safety.
According to him: “We strongly call on Plateau people to practically stand up and defend themselves and their communities, as the conventional security design is no longer guaranteeing our safety as a people”.
He also said the Assembly sympathised with the government and people of Plateau State on the barbaric and dastardly killings that have been taking place in different communities of Bassa, Barkin Ladi, Bokkos, Jos North, Jos South, Mangu, Riyom, University of Jos Community and recently that of Yelwa Zangam.
“The House condemns all these killings in totality, all these killings are unacceptable and condemnable. We commiserate with the families of all those who lost their love ones during these attacks,” he added.
The Chairman further explained that as an assembly, they are committed to the yearnings and aspirations of the people, adding that they deeply appreciate the calls made by Plateau people, both at home and in the diaspora, to encourage them and to task them to do the needful and save Plateau and its heritage.