Insecurity: Langtang Women, Youths to Join Men to Defend Community

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Seriki Adinoyi in Jos

Following persistent security challenges in some parts of Plateau State where communities are invaded with attendant killings and kidnapping, Langtang women and youths have vowed to collaborate with their men to provide safety to their communities.

Disclosing this at a press conference in Jos, the newly inaugurated National President of Ngwang Ishi O’Tarok (NIO), a socio-cultural group of Tarok communities, Chief Nanpon Sheni, said the collaboration will be extended to cover religious and traditional rulers.

Sheni observed that, “No community or Nation can achieve any meaningful development without security. Consequently, and working closely with our security agencies, and our traditional leaders, we intend to enhance and further intensify collaboration within our various communities. The new security architecture we envisage would involve everyone – youths, women, farmers, traditional and religious leaders.”

He added that NIO intends to conduct advocacy visits to Tarok traditional leaders, Tarok religious leaders, Tarok business tycoons, Tarok community in academia, security agencies, management of public and commercial institutions and other corporate organisations in Tarok land as “we seek support to jointly implement our strategic plan on intensifying Tarok unity, ensuring adequate peace and security in Tarok land, educational and infrastructural development, and women and youth empowerment.”

Expressing worry over the fragile peace situation in Langtang North Local Government council, Sheni said, “We intend to immediately constructively engage Governor Simon Bako Lalong and other critical stakeholders for a quick and early resolution of confusion surrounding the Chairmanship of the local government.

“We note, in particular the recent demonstrations by our women, mothers and youths in the palace of the Ponzhi Tarok. In the meantime, we appeal to all Tarok youths and women not to do anything to further jeopardise the situation. We assure that we shall do everything possible to resolve the matter, fully realising that overall Tarok interest remains paramount.”