The Emir of Lafia and chairman of the traditional council of chiefs, Sidi Bage, has called on the state government to take measures over the increasing spate of kidnappings and armed robbery in the state.
Mr Bage, who made the call during an emergency security meeting at the government house, in Lafia, assured the state governor, Abdullahi Sule, of their determination and support to fight criminality of all forms.
Justice Bage advocated stringent punishment for criminals who are found guilty in the state.
He said: “I urged the Judiciary to come up with sanctions that will deal with the perpetrators of this heinous behaviour; security of the state is a collective effort of every individual.
“We need peace in our Communities.
“We are all gathered here as traditional rulers in the state with the sole aim of finding a lasting solution to the persistent cases of kidnapping, Armed banditry, Herders/Farmers crisis being witnessed.
“We need peace and harmony in our beloved state, our responsibility as Royal fathers is to ensure that the state is free from these acts of criminalities.”
Earlier speaking, Governor Sule commended the traditional rulers for the step taken to avert all forms of criminalities in the state.
He assured that his administration would continue to liaise with traditional institutions for the unity and progress of the state.
In his remarks, the commander 4 Special Forces command Doma, Gazama Ali, urged the traditional rulers to implore their subjects to keep away from acts of criminality across the state.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that the security meeting was attended by Security Chiefs in the State, Traditional Rulers, Government Officials and Ardos of Fulanis.