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CAN warns against reprisal as death toll in Plateau killings hits 130

Written by on May 23, 2023

The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, is warning against reprisal attacks over the continued killings in Mangu and Riyom Local Government Areas of Plateau State.

According to the Christian body, about one hundred and thirty persons have been killed in the past week, one thousand buildings burnt and 22 villages affected.

The President of CAN, Archbishop Daniel Okoh, gave the warning in a statement in Abuja.

He says it is frightening to see innocent citizens being killed in broad daylight and their properties destroyed in such a horrific manner.

Archbishop Okoh says violence only begets more violence and citizens must break this cycle if a peaceful and prosperous society must be built.

Drifting away from that security report, a group known as the Kazatsi reconciliation center and Human Development, KARCENAHD, is raising the alarm over what it says is a desperate move by the outgoing APC administration of Governor Simon Lalong to stop Barrister Caleb Mutfwang of the PDP, from being sworn in on the 29th May, 2023.

In a statement signed by its executive director, Daniel Ajang, the group says there is an attempt to embarrass the Supreme Court over an appealed which was erroneously brought up on the Cause List in December 2022 and was dismissed for want of diligent prosecution. 

It says the APC caused PLASEIC to instruct its lawyers to oppose the motion for relisting but the PDP upon discovering this unhealthy development, filed a motion to relist the matter. 

It further says curiously, the same matter has now been brought backwards to Tuesday, that is, today 23rd May, 2023 for a reason the members of the public wish to know.

The group also questioned why there is suddenly a change of date and for what purpose, wondering why the Supreme Court can unilaterally issue a new date for a matter that was adjourned in open Court.

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