Plateau State Governor, Jonah Jang, yesterday denied allegations of being involved in the killings that took place in Wase local government area of the state last weekend.
Jang in a statement signed by an Executive Assistant to the Governor, Clinton Garuba and made available to newsmen in Jos said, “Our attention has been drawn to a press briefing by the Ngwang Ishi O Tarok, an umbrella body of the Tarok people in which they accused the Plateau State Governor, Dr. Jonah David Jang and the Nigerian Army of the killings that recently took place in Wase local government area of Plateau State.”
The statement added that, “While the Plateau State Government commiserates with those who lost loved ones and family members in the incidence, it is however disheartening, unfair and uncharitable to drag its name into the killings of innocent people by men of the Nigerian Army.
“It is widely known that neither the men of the STF nor the police take orders from the State Governor, they are both controlled from Abuja by the Defence Headquarters and the Force Headquarters.
“So, to insinuate that the Plateau State Government has a hand in the matter is only a ploy to taint the image of the Governor and the State Government. It must also be noted that time for partisanship is over and government, which is now in a transition period is doing everything within its ability to have a smooth transition to the incoming administration and to try to drag the Government into this matter smacks more of a deliberate contraption to rubbish the government and paint it bad light before the court of public opinion.
“If Government was out on a vendetta mission as claimed by the chairman of the group, is it also killing the people that voted for its anointed candidate in the Barkin Ladi and Bachit axis in Riyom LGA as currently being experienced?
“The State Government recognises that those who lost loved ones are in pain but must not allow such pain experienced at the moment to push them to the point of making unguarded utterances that will fan the embers of hatred and disunity among the people.”
Jang further said, “The State Emergency Management Agency has been mandated to bring relief to the affected communities as part of the little way Government can assuage the sufferings of the people so affected and will continue to do whatever is within its powers to protect the lives of citizens until it bows out on May 29,” the statement added.

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