President Muhammadu Buhari has described as ‘heinous’ the killing of scores of people in Plateau on Monday.

The President said the perpetrators “should not be spared or forgiven.”

Buhari urged residents of the North-central state “to expose the perpetrators of such incidents, their sponsors and those who encourage such criminals who carry out these dastardly acts of murder, so that the law will take its course.”

The president’s stance was contained in a statement by his spokesperson, Garba Shehu.

Recall that yet to be identified gunmen attacked several communities in Plateau, killing over 100 people.

Plateau had witnessed lots of ethno-religious violence, often between migrant herders and farming communities.

In his statement, Mr Shehu said full details of the attack has yet to emerge, even to the president.

Read Mr Shehu’s full statement below.

As full details emerge on the scale of the brutal terrorist attacks in Kanam and Wase communities in Plateau State, President Muhammadu Buhari has described the killings as heinous, saying that the perpetrators should not be allowed to escape justice.

“They should not be spared or forgiven,” directed the President.

He ordered law enforcement agencies to work strenuously with the government of the state, to bring the situation under control and take steps to bring the culprits to justice quickly.

President Buhari expressed condolences over the terrorist incident, saying that as a matter of priority, peace must return at all costs to the state and the entire country.

“I urge all our citizens, the people of Plateau State in particular to expose the perpetrators of such incidents, their sponsors and those who encourage such criminals who carry out these dastardly acts of murder, so that the law will take its course. They must not be forgiven,” the President said.

Garba Shehu

Senior Special Assistant to the President

(Media & Publicity)

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