The Chairman of Langtang North Local Government Area of Plateau State, Ubandoma Joshua Laven, has said the recent killings in Kanam LGA of the state would have been averted if the state government had heeded his warning and acted swiftly on intelligence reports.
Over 150 people were killed and about 5,000 others displaced by terrorists who invaded eight communities of Kanam.
Laven, who spoke to newsmen at the Yakubu Gowon Airport, Heipang, Jos, said the state government ignored his warning that terrorists were already in the forests, mountains, hinterland and camping in other places.
He also denied saying in a video circulating on social media that he would stop a particular ethnic group from coming to campaign in Tarok land ahead of the 2023 general elections.
When contacted by our correspondent, the Commissioner for Information and Communication, Dan Manjang, said Laven’s claims were just the figments of his imagination.
Manjang said the government had done a lot on security, even if not divulged to the public, noting that the attacks were not peculiar to Plateau State or the nation, but the world at large.