Lalong: Plateau Gov bemoans killing of six miners, pledges prosecution

Lalong: Plateau Gov bemoans killing of six miners, pledges prosecution

Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau has criticised the killing of eight miners in an attack at a mining site in Kuru, Jos South Local Government Area.

The governor, in a statement by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Dr Makut Macham, on Saturday, April 10, in Jos described the incident as an attempt to destabilise the state.

He said the act by the criminals was to create fear in the state saying that government would not condone such attacks on innocent people.

Lalong directed security agencies to fish out the perpetrators of the heinous act, which is a threat to the substantial peace being enjoyed in the state.

He said that the narratives of ‘unknown gunmen’ excuses would no longer be tolerated by the agencies.

He also charged residents to assist law enforcement agencies; with intelligence gathering on criminal activities.

He said that they should do so through existing structures such as the traditional institutions; community police constabulary; vigilance groups; and other associations.

Lalong commiserated with the families of those killed and those who injured during the attack.

Meanwhile, human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), has revealed that the allegations levelled against Colombian businessman, Alex Saab, by the United States government are politically motivated.

Falana made this assertion during a statement issued on Friday, April 10, in response to the controversy surrounding Saab’s case.

1st News had reported that Twitter earlier in the week suspended the accounts of some Nigerian influencers for launching a media campaign for the release of Saab, a close ally of Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro, who is wanted in the US for alleged money laundering.

Saab was arrested in Cape Verde on his way from Iran at the request of the US; but Falana instituted a case against Cape Verde before the ECOWAS court in Abuja and won.

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Switzerland, where Saab allegedly stashed stolen funds, also recently dropped a probe; stating that it could not find any evidence of fraud.

However, Falana said, “The allegations against Saab are politically motivated by the US. He is being targeted because of his relationship with Maduro. They asked Switzerland to investigate him for money laundering and nothing was found.

“In any case, the man is still presumed innocent. He was an ambassador and had diplomatic immunity and yet they arrested him.

“Cape Verde lost at the ECOWAS court and is now in contempt for refusing to release Saab.”

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