Jang Denies Being Responsible For Killing, During His Tenure



Senator Jonah Jang has reacted to the story carried by one of the national dailies to the effect that he was responsible for all the crises in Plateau State especially during his eight years tenure as governor, which ended last month.

The story in question credited to the National Secretary of the Jama’atu Izalatul Bida Waikamatus Sunna (JIBWIS), Barr. Aliyu Alhassan Sangei, said that “the former governor was responsible for the killing and destruction of property in the state. The governor divided people of the state along religious lines.”

In his reaction, Jang through his Personal Assistant/Media Aid, Mr. Chris Gyang, in a statement titled “JIBWIS: Stirring the hornet’s nest,” said the scribe of the JIBWIS has betrayed ignorance and bias by linking him with the crises in the state while he was the governor.

According to the statement, “The true underpinnings of the crises surely knows that the crisis predate the Jang administration by far and existed in different forms even before the advent of the state. Therefore, you abuse the intelligence of the Plateau person who understands his history when you tell him that the crises were caused by a single individual.”

Gyang said Barrister Sangei’s claim that “Over 600 people were killed when Jang gave a ‘shoot at sight’ order” shows his ignorance.

He said the Nigerian constitution vests all control over the armed forces and police in the president of the country; therefore the ex- governor could not have given such order.

The statement recalled that long before Boko Haram insurgency assumed dangerous dimensions, Jang had warned that terrorism was gradually gaining ground in Nigeria based on the nature the crisis was assuming on the Plateau, but he was dismissed as a hater of a particular religion. “Now, we all know better.”

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