From Asile Emmanuel, Jos
Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, on Wednesday fled Government House, Jos as youths and women stormed the gates in protest over the murder of over 200 people across nine local government in the state
Women and youth on the Plateau went out on the major streets in the state To protest over the lives and properties of over 200 hundred people in 9 LGAs areas of the State.
The otherwise peaceful protests turned violent when no government official came out of their offices to address the protesters.
The protesters threw stones, damaging some cars parked at one of the parking lot at the new Government House as well as some offices.
The protesters had converged on the old airport junction and marched to Government House but were initially prevented from getting access to the premises. Some of the protesters, however, climbed the fence of the complex to gain access, forcing security men deployed to Government House to open the gate.
They had expressed displeasure at not being received by any government official, even as Mr. Joseph Lengman, Director, Peace Building Agency, who was detailed to address the protesters scampered for safety.
Offices of the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Permanent Secretary, Government House and other top officials of government were also attacked.
The defiant protesters defied all entreaties to stop the protests and this compelled security operatives at Government House to start shooting to scare them away. They stood their ground, demanding to see the governor to register their displeasure over the killings as well as his stance on the ranching policy.