As an Advocate of Good Governance, a Patriotic Nigeria and a Youth Advocate, I condemn in strong terms the invasion, vandalization and looting that took place in Riyom Local Government Council Secretariat, other Government establishments and individuals’ shops.
What the Hoodlums did after realizing that food palliatives were not found in Riyom LG Secretariat is callous, criminal, wicked and totally condemnable. Carting away computers, television sets, chairs, tables, carpets etc is criminality and stupidity taken too far.
As someone who feel the pains of the people especially those worst hit by the attacks in the area, I know there is hunger, anger and pain but this is not what we are known for as Riyom people.
Personally, I feel so ashamed and disappointed that we are towing this criminal and lawless path to ventilate our grievances no matter how genuine they may be. No matter what our grievances are, there are more decent, legitimate and decorous ways to ventilate than resorting to violence, lawlessness & other criminal acts.
I call on security agencies, the Mgt Committee Chairman, Traditional Rulers, Religious Leaders, Community Leaders, Association/Union Leaders, Parents/Guidance etc to swing into action immediately to ensure these criminal elements are arrested and prosecuted accordingly as they will be taking the pillages visibly into communities. We must not be seen shielding such criminal tendencies.
I also want to say that such criminality if allowed to continue will consume us all in no distant time, as public and private individuals’ property are already being looted. No one will be spared if this is allowed to continue as it may degenerate into what may not be contained.
May I commend the Youths of Gyel Community Jos South LGA for standing their ground and repelling the hoodlums who were on a mission to invade, vandalize and loot Jos South Local Government Council Secretariat. I applaud your dexterity and gallantry in protecting your assets.
May I also applaud the troops of OPSH for the arrest of some criminal elements in the City Capital and plead with them to replicate same gesture to Riyom LGA, by ensuring that those who were engaged in the looting spree are arrested and made to face the full wrath of the law to serve as deterrent to others.
As a law abiding citizen of Riyom Local Government, I urged all Citizens of the Area not to allow their sense of patriotism, humanity and morality be overridden by parochial sentiments.
We must all rise up to address this ugly trend staring at us.
A united, safer, secured and prosperous Nation is possible if we work together towards it.
God bless Riyom LGA
God bless Plateau State
God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria
Cmr. Friday Bako