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Attack: Plateau Govt returns survivors to Ondo

The Plateau State government has returned an undisclosed number of the surviving victims of the Jos attack to Ondo State on Friday.

The Deputy Governor of Plateau State, Prof Sonni Tiyoden, disclosed this when he accompanied the survivors to the Ondo State government house in Akure.

He said that 25 suspects have been arrested in connection with the incident that claimed about 28 lives, while normalcy has been restored in the area as investigations are ongoing to bring the perpetrators to book.

The victims returned to Ondo are Fulanis, born and brought up in Ondo State, who were returning home after attending the annual Zikr (prayer session) in Bauchi to mark the commencement of the new Islamic Year.

The deputy governor condemned the attacks on innocent citizens and described it as a rude shock to the government of Plateau State because it was an unprovoked attack on the victims.

He sympathised with the families of those who lost their loved ones, and those injured as a result of the unfortunate incident.

“We pray for forgiveness on behalf of those who did it as arrests have been made, as of now, we have 25 people under arrest, I can assure you, the investigation will go on.

“And I can assure you that due process will be followed, the law will take its course and they will pay for what they have done,” he said.

Tiyoden assured that the Plateau State government is on top of the situation and admonished Nigerians to live in peace with one another as brothers and sisters, irrespective of their religious beliefs and ethnic differences.

Responding, the Ondo State Deputy Governor, Mr Lucky Aiyedatiwa, thanked the government of Plateau State for the response and help in saving the lives of the survivors.

Aiyedatiwa said the victims were not seen as Hausa/Fulani people but as citizens of the state because most of them were born and raised in the state.

“The attack was that of mistaken identity, and I want to thank the governor of Plateau State for his quick response.

“And that response actually brought about these survivals. As we mourn those who passed on during the attack, I also want to thank God for those of you that survived the attack,” he said.

He described it as an honour and a sign of friendliness that the deputy governor of Plateau came with the survivors.

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