Group seeks release of detained youths in Plateau
The National President of Bache Cultural Development Association (ACDA) in Rukuba Chiefdom of Bassa Local Council of Plateau State, Simon Asukuchili Agoh, has called on the military authority to immediately release the youths detained by the soldiers of the Special Task Force (STF) and tender unreserved apology for their unlawful detention so as to calm the tension in Kiche community.
Agoh said that on the day they were rounded up by armed soldiers in the morning, who put them into a military van to a cell in the STF office that fateful day, five of them were later released.
According to him, it is obvious that Kiche (Rukuba) community remains one of the most peaceful communities in Plateau, which he said, could be attested to by all, including members of the 3 Armoured Division, one of the most strategic military formations the community hosts.
“It is therefore unfortunate that a peaceful community hosting such a vital military formation would be made to bear the brunt and subjected to all sorts of harassment and intimidation over a clash they have nothing to do with. As a peace-loving community, we view the recent clash between Irigwe and Fulani as unfortunate and regrettable. But it is also unacceptable the indiscriminate arrest and continued detention of our innocent youths who had nothing to do with the clash,” he said.
Agoh also called on the military authorities to reciprocate their peaceful disposition by touching the lives of their host-community positively through social responsibility projects and avoid acts capable of creating disharmony.
He also refuted rumours making the rounds that Kiche community harbours Fulani militia who have been driven out from other areas.“Of utmost importance is the fact that government must wake up to its constitutional obligation to protect the lives and property of its citizens to avoid the collapse of this country. In the light of this, we are urging the government to equip and create the enabling environment for security agents to perform their constitutional duties of protecting lives and property,” he added.
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