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PLATEAU: Monarchs shielding criminals will be prosecuted, says Lalong

GOVERNOR Simon Lalong has urged traditional rulers in the state to support the government in its fight against insecurity.

Lalong said the it would take collective and concerted effort to win the war against insecurity in the state and Nigeria as a whole.

He said traditional rulers need to play greater roles in enhancing the security of their domains and the nation.

Lalong stated this yesterday while installing two second class Chiefs in the Wase Local Government Area of Plateau State.

The Chiefs are Chief Lot Nden, Ponzhi Kadarko Chiefdom and Alhaji Muhammad Asi, Aku-Jukun of Mavo Chiefdom.

The governor noted that the restoration of the two chiefdoms was in fulfilment of his campaign promise and the desire to meet the yearnings of the people.

He said “With the Staffs of Office in your hands, you cease to be champions of one particular clan, tribe, denomination or religion. You are fathers to all that reside in your domains irrespective of where they come from. Always remember that the traditional institution has played and will continue to play a significant role in the peace, unity, progress and security of Plateau State.”

He, however, warned that any traditional ruler caught abetting criminality in the state would be made to face the full wrath of the law

“Let me warn that any traditional ruler who is found to be promoting ethno-religious hatred, injustice, disharmony or shielding criminals will not only be dethroned, but will be made to face the laws of the land.” added.

The two traditional rulers described Lalong as a rescue leader who had fulfilled the dreams of the people that had lingered for many years.

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