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Northern governments flay killing of soldiers in Benue


The Northern States Governors’ Forum (NSGF) has said the killing of Nigerian soldiers must not be allowed to continue, describing the recent killing of 12 soldiers in Konshisha Local Council, Benue State, as condemnable.

Chairman of the Forum, Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State, while sympathising with the Nigerian Army over the incident, said: “Such must not be allowed to happen again, as it is capable of demoralising security personnel from giving their best in securing the country.”

In a statement issued on Tuesday night by Lalong’s Director of Press and Public Affairs, Dr. Makut Simon Macham, the forum sympathised with the families of the slain soldiers and the Nigerian Army over the incident, which occurred when the soldiers were on duty.

“The Forum urges the army not to be discouraged by the act and continue defending Nigeria’s territorial integrity and assisting in maintaining internal security, particularly at this time the nation is confronted by many criminal activities,” Lalong stated.

The governors, while pledging their continued support to the security services, appealed to the army to remain professional and exercise caution, even as they work hard to fish out the perpetrators of the dastardly act.

Lalong said the governors also called on the citizens to assist the security forces with useful information that would lead to the arrest of the killers as well as apprehension of other criminals tormenting innocent citizens across the country.


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