The Save Middle Belt Nigeria (SMBN), has called on the Plateau State House of Assembly to immediately take steps towards the impeachment of Governor Simon Bako Lalong.
The group vowed to defend the middle belt citizens from genocide.
It said the Plateau Governor had failed to provide leadership in the midst of the worsening security situation in the State.
The Plateau State Coordinator of the group, Barrister Dabilong Voeldong in a statement condemned recent killings across the state, especially the killing of 35 persons in Yelwa Zangam, Jos North Local Government Area of the state.
According to the statement, “Governor Lalong has failed woefully in his primary responsibility of protecting citizens’ lives and property.”
The group observed that since the Governor had failed to fulfil the duties of his office, the State House of Assembly should commence impeachment proceedings to redeem the State’s glory that is known to be a peaceful place immediately.
The statement lamented that it is crass ineptitude for a Governor who presides over State Security meetings and appropriates billions of naira in security votes monthly to be negligent in his responsibilities.
It stated that the Governor has proved incapable of providing security to the People despite the enormous resources at his disposal.
It said, “Section 215(4) of the Constitution which dwells on the appointment of the Inspector General of Police and control of the Nigeria Police Force tacitly empowers State Governors to give lawful directives to security agencies in this kind of situation.”
It noted that since the Governor is helpless in the face of obvious genocide and annihilation of the People by Fulani herdsmen and terrorist “it is expedient for the Plateau State House of Assembly to immediately embark on impeachment proceedings against the Governor.”
The group observed that “the provision of section 188 of the Constitution is quite clear and the State Assembly should not be coerced or intimidated by Security agents in the discharge of their Constitutional duties.”