The Berom Educational and Cultural Organisation (BECO) has condemned the crisis that broke out in Rikkos, Dutse Uku, Cele Bridge and Tina Junctions, all in Jos North LGA of Plateau State on Sunday 26th May, 2019 that left some persons dead, scores injured and few houses torched.
In a Press Statement signed by the National Secretary of the Group, Da Gyang Chollom, the organisation call on adequate security to forestall further escalation of the crisis.
The group also urged security agencies to step up its act to identify early warning signals that would guarantee proactive steps at nipping events in the bud before they break out. They also called on the youth to exercise restrain even as the situation is being attended to by security agencies.
The Press Text is as seen below;
The latest Jos Violence:
The Berom Educational and Cultural Organisation (BECO) is saddened by the latest round of violence in the Tina Junction axis of the metropolis.
From competent sources the outbreak of violence, yesterday Sunday May 26, resulted in the death of not less than six persons.
Unfortunate and sad as this may be, we are bold to note that the violence did not take any curious observer of the growing state of mutual misunderstanding animosity and tactical suspicion that have characterised relationships in this area, being a border point between two antagonistic communities.
One would have expected greater presence and impact of security agents here, to forestall any unforeseen developments of this nature. That this was not the case underscores our state of sadness and regret that it had to happen.
We are further saddened that alot of the casualties in the course of the intervention by security men. Some of the victims, we are made to understand, were killed inside their homes by stray bullets. This ought not be so, as we call on the security agents to be more professional, tactical, humane and firm in handling issues of this nature.
It’s very imperative for us at this juncture to call on the security agents to step up its acts to identify early warning signals that would guarantee proactive steps at nipping events in the bud before they break out. We equally call on our youth to be patient and restraint in the face of deliberate provocation and maintain the peace.
In conclusion we condole and sincerely comisserate with families of the slained persons and pray God for the repose of their souls.
Da Chollom Gyang