“It is unlawful of anyone or group to take the laws into their hands in the name of revenge or reprisals," President Muhammadu Buhari insisted in his reaction to the killing of 19 persons in a local government in Plateau State.

He wants law enforcement agencies in the state to apprehend the perpetrators of the Plateau killings and whoever their sponsors may be.

President Buhari described killing of persons, especially women and children in a night attack on Ancha village in Bassa Local Government Area in the central Nigerian state, as senseless.

The President, in a statement issued by his Spokesman, Mr Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Saturday, equally expressed disappointment at the disruption of peace and normalcy that had reasonably taken root in the state.

He advised residents of the state not to allow this violent incident to destroy the progress made so far.

“It is unlawful of anyone or group to take the laws into their hands in the name of revenge or reprisals, rather than follow due process by allowing law enforcement agencies to fish out any such aggressors, who will be made to face justice.

“The various communities in the state have taken many steps, with the support of security agencies and mediators to pull the state back from the brink of anarchy and senseless killings warranted by attacks and counterattacks.’’

“It will be a painful loss to allow these unsavoury acts to return.

“I urge all our communities in the state and the other parts of the country to embrace peace and bring to a stop these painful and unnecessary killings,’’ he said.

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The President further reiterated the determination of the Federal Government to protect the lives and property of all citizens, irrespective of their places of abode.

He prayed God to grant peace to the souls of the victims and comfort to the grieving families and community.

The Plateau State Police Command had on Friday in Jos confirmed that 19 persons were killed and five others injured in an attack on Ancha village in Bassa Local Government Area.

The state’s police commissioner, Peter Ogunyanwo, confirmed the attack. He said investigations are ongoing.

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