Senators from the 19 northern states under the aegis of Northern Senators Forum have urged the Federal Government to identify, apprehend and punish those behind the recent Killings in Jos, Plateau State.
They also want the government to draw action from reports of investigation of similar cases, and take necessary steps to prevent future occurrences.
Recall that it was earlier reported that the Plateau State Police Command on Tuesday disclosed that 96 persons were killed while 221 houses were set ablaze during the Christmas Eve attacks by gunmen in Plateau State.
According to him, the attacks that were carried out by the assailants in 15 communities of Bokkos and Barkin Ladi Local Government Areas of the state also left eight vehicles burnt in the process.
In a statement by the Northern Senators signed by the forum spokesperson, Senator Kawu Sumaila, they condemned the acts and condoled the affected families and the Government of the state.
The statement read, “It is with profound sorrow and a weighty heart that, as a forum, we address you on the recent tragic incident of mass killing in Plateau State.
“This brutal act is indefensible, devoid of reason, and stains our shared humanity.
“We unequivocally condemn such heinous acts and express our deepest condolences to the affected families, loved ones, the people, and the Government of Plateau State.”
The lawmakers in the statement added, “Their immense loss is a collective grief, and we stand united in our determination to seek justice.
“In our legislative role, we strongly condemn this reprehensible act and call upon the authorities to promptly initiate a comprehensive investigation.
“Allocating necessary resources to swiftly identify and apprehend the perpetrators is paramount. They must face the full force of the law, ensuring justice prevails.
“The Northern senators noted that a collective effort will foster resilience to overcome “this dark chapter in our history.”
They added, “During these trying times, unity among citizens is crucial. We must draw on our shared values of compassion, empathy, and respect to support one another and provide solace to those affected.
“As representatives of the people, we urge the federal government to consolidate investigation reports of similar cases, taking necessary action to prevent future occurrences.
“Moreover, let us reflect on the importance of upholding peace, unity, and understanding within our country.
“We must recommit to fostering an inclusive atmosphere where diversity is celebrated, and differences are resolved through dialogue and peaceful means.”
The statement added, “In conclusion, we reiterate our strong condemnation of this abhorrent act of mass killing.
“We implore everyone to stand united against violence, support the affected families, and trust our law enforcement agencies to bring the perpetrators to justice.
“Together, we shall prevail, and our country will emerge stronger. May peace be restored to our nation, and may our hearts find solace in these challenging times.”