President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday ordered security agencies to arrest those behind a night attack on Ancha village, Bassa local government area of Plateau State.
He expressed sadness at the senseless killing of persons, especially women and children.
The President, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, also expressed disappointment at the disruption of peace and normalcy that had reasonably taken root in the state.
He urged stakeholders not to allow the incident to destroy the progress made so far in the state.
He said: “It is unlawful of anyone or group to take the laws into their hands in the name of revenge or reprisals, rather than follow due process by allowing law enforcement agencies to fish out any such aggressors who will be made to face justice.
“The various communities in the state have taken many steps, with the support of security agencies and mediators to pull the state back from the brink of anarchy and senseless killings warranted by attacks and counterattacks.
“It will be a painful loss to allow these unsavoury acts to return. I urge all our communities in the state and the other parts of the country to embrace peace and bring to a stop these painful and unnecessary killings.”
The President further reiterated the determination of the Federal Government to protect lives and property of all citizens, wherever they reside.