Senator representing Plateau north senatorial district, Senator Jonah Jang, has called on the federal government to treat cattle rustlers as criminals, stressing that cattle rustling was one of the major security challenges in the country.
The immediate past governor of Plateau State also decried the incapacitation of security agencies in the country in combating the security challenges that has ravaged the nation due to poor funding and pledged the commitment of the Senate to assist them in tackling the menace.
The senator also lamented the worsening insecurity in the country, adding that it has further led to the deterioration of the economy of northern Nigeria, urging the promised recruitment of 10,000 police officers should be implemented.
Speaking after visiting the Plateau State Police Command, Department of State Security, DSS, and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, , he called on the federal government to take proactive steps to address the plights of the Internally Displace Persons, IDPs, in the state.
“The security challenges in Plateau is not a problem that is peculiar to Plateau State alone, we have security challenges all over the country, we are all aware of what is happening in the North East, Benue, Taraba, Kaduna, Kano, and in the South, we have kidnapping in most of the states, so there is so much security challenges in the country.”
Senator Jang appreciated security agencies in the state for supporting him during his tenure as governor, adding that, ”we collaborated with all security agencies at the State Security Council meetings and we brought the situation in the state to what we have today.”
Plateau State Director Department of State Security, DSS, Shehu Waziri, lamented that over 40 villages in Riyom and Barkin-Ladi have been abandoned due to insecurity, noting that they are working in collaboration with key stakeholders in the state to mitigate the challenge and return the people to their communities.
He noted that their mandate was not to apportion blame to the warring faction but to dialogue with each of the group for sustainable peace in Plateau and the country.