Monday, September 12, 2011

14 More Killed in Jos, Jang Ponders Vigilante Response

This Day
11 September 2011

By Olawale Olaleye and Seriki Adinoyi

Against the backdrop of yet another 14 murders, among whom was a pregnant woman late Friday night, the Plateau State Government may have begun to consider self-help measures, including the use of armed vigilante groups, to defend the lives and property of its citizens.

To this end, the governor, Dr. Jonah Jang, is scheduled to hold an emergency meeting with President Good-luck Jonathan Monday to discuss lasting solutions to the situation that has left the state in a permanent state of siege.

A government official, who spoke with THISDAY Saturday night, said the latest round of killings has made it clear that the state government may have to resort to self-help as a lasting solution to the crisis plaguing the state, adding that the state is being compelled to organise vigilante groups among the people who would rise up to protect and challenge threats to their lives and property.

The government official identified ethnic colouration as a major bane of the crisis, adding that the attacks had continued to follow a pattern, a development, he said, had left the state confused.

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