THE Plateau State government has returned undisclosed number of the surviving victims of the Jos attack to Ondo State on Friday.
About 28 people were reportedly killed in the attack.
The Deputy Governor of Plateau State, Mr Sonni Tiyoden, disclosed this when he accompanied the survivors to the Ondo State government house in Akure.
He said that 25 suspects had been arrested in connection with the incident, while normalcy had been restored in the area as investigations were ongoing to bring the perpetrators to book.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 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, 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 the public that the Plateau State government was on top of the situation and urged 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 deputy governor commended the quick response of the Plateau state government in rescuing the people.
“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.
Alhaji Mohammed Labar, the Southwest Chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), prayed that such an incident would not happen again. (NAN)
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