The Leader of Izala movement in Nigeria, Sheik Abdullahi Bala-Lau has called on the federal and Plateau State governments to fish out and punish the perpetrators of the ambush and killing of 23 commuters in Plateau State to avert reprisals.
Sheik Bala-Lau made the call in Katsina where the Jama’atu Izalatil Bid’a launched this year’s tree planting campaign which is an annual activity of the movement.
He noted that meting out appropriate punishment on the perpetrators will exhibit government’s commitment to maintaining lasting peace on the Plateau which has recorded a similar incident in Dura-du village in Jos South Local Government Area where General Idris Alkali was killed in 2018.
Bala-lau attributed the recurrence of such incident to the release on bail of the suspected perpetrators of the ambush on the Army General by a Plateau State High Court in 2019.
He said the non-punishment of criminals will encourage impunity and breed an endless cycle of killings and reprisals which is not healthy for the country.
Sheik Bala-Lau urged security agencies to restore normalcy in the wake of the latest incident and urged the Plateau State government to uphold its reputation for working towards lasting peace in the state.