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Atiku condemns killings in  Plateau, makes fresh case for State police



Atiku condemns killings in  Plateau, makes fresh case for State police
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The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic  Party (PDP)  in the 2023 general elections, Atiku Abubakar, has condemned killings in the Plateau and the environs. He reiterated his advocacy for state police. 
According to Atiku, @atiku “Monday’s reported killing of more than 40 persons in Zurak village in Wase Local Government of Plateau State, and earlier killing of nearly two dozen residents in the Tilengpat community of Pushit district, in Mangu Council and Mandar Shar and Kopnanle villages in Mangu and Bokkos Councils of the same state stands condemned. We need to reflect on the fact that the persons being killed are human beings, a creation of God.
“This bloodletting and continued waste of precious human lives is not acceptable.
“Sadly, it is a reminder of the escalating state of insecurity, which contradicts the propaganda of this administration that security is improving. The incidents in recent times put a lie to their claim. It is about time that the issue of State Police is approached with the urgency that it deserves.
“I need to warn that community policing as being canvassed in some quarters can never be a substitute to State Police. I am mindful of the arguments that have been raised by opponents of State Police that it can be subject to abuse by the state governors and their officials.
“This can also be said of the Federal Police. What is important is to insert into the instrument of creation of the State Police, watertight measures that will check abuses.
“However, not recognising the need of the State Police to address the peculiar challenges of different states in the country is a disservice to the security needs of the people. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims and the government and people of Plateau State.” -AA