Gov. Caleb Mutfwang of Plateau has vowed to clamp down on drug peddlers in the state, blaming drug abuse for the state’s escalating insecurity.
The governor stated this on Friday while visiting villages devastated by the recent attacks in Mangu Local Government Area and other parts of the state.
He voiced his deep sorrow at the sight of the devastation and willful destruction of life and property during the attacks.
Mutfwang stated that the killings were a result of drug use, emphasising that the industry of trafficking illegal narcotics must end.
“Of course, there was the involvement of drugs; this is something we must tackle to be able to address the issues of the drug menace in our society.
“This is why we want to use this medium to tell those in drug business to know that their time on the Plateau is up; we will not tolerate it any longer.
“We will go after them, and if they have anywhere they want to do their business, Plateau is certainly not the place,” he said.
Mutfwang urged citizens to be vigilant of those who seek to divide the state, claiming that the recent security challenge was a premeditated attempt to harm the state’s economy.
He warned people who supported criminals to reconsider, as his administration would do everything possible to keep external aggressors out and those within dealt with.