Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau has begged the government and people of Ondo for forgiveness over the August 14 killing of 23 Muslim travellers from Ondo, who were passing through Jos after attending a religious event in Bauchi.
The apology is contained in a statement by the governor’s press and public affairs director, Makut Macham, on Saturday in Jos.
Mr Lalong sent a delegation led by his deputy, Sonny Tyoden, and accompanied by Mohammed Haruna, emir of Wase, a town and local government area in Plateau; the Yoruba community leader in Plateau, Jide Olagbemiro; and Plateau chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association in Nigeria (MACBAN), Nura Mohammad, among others.
The delegation went to console and deliver over 30 of the survivors of the attack, rescued by the security agencies, to the Ondo state government and their families.
Pleading for forgiveness, Mr Lalong said the perpetrators acted on their own as they did not represent any religious, ethnic or social interest in the attack. He assured that the culprits involved will be brought to book as many arrests have been made.