By Hannah Nathan, Warri
Akpoti-Uduaghan Natasha, the senator for the Kogi Central senatorial district, has expressed her sorrow over the most recent spate of killings and violence in the Plateau.
The senator referred to the killings as “one tragedy too many” in a statement released in Lokoja on Tuesday by her media assistant, Orogbonlo Israel.
The Plateau Police Command announced on Tuesday that 221 homes had been set on fire by gunmen on Christmas Eve and that 96 people had died.
On Tuesday, however, the state’s governor, Caleb Mutfwang, declared that the number of those killed in the most recent coordinated assaults in Plateau had risen to more than 115.
Concerned about the senseless and wanton murders, Natasha urged the federal government and law enforcement officials to step up and put an end to the act before it happens again.
“I know this is a hard time to celebrate Christmas, knowing that people are being killed for no reason at all,” Natasha remarked.
“I hereby call for the immediate arrest and prosecution of perpetrators of the dastardly acts in Plateau.
“The federal government must rise to the occasion and put measures in place to mitigate a recurrence of such a dastardly act.”
Nonetheless, the congressman expressed sympathy to the victims, the Plateau administration, and the people for the irreversible loss of life and property destruction.