By PAULINE DALLONG
THE Speaker Plateau State House of Assembly, (PLHA) Rt. Hon. Abok Ayuba, has described security agencies as very critical to the growth and development of any society.
He stated this, when the new State Director of Security (DSS), Plateau State Command, Mr. Ibrahim Nyam Sale, paid him a courtesy visit at the assembly complex.
While welcoming the new DSS Chief to the State, Ayuba said that Plateau State still remained “the Home of Peace and Tourism, even though it has witnessed series of attacks and crises, including criminal activities in recent times.
The Speaker, who agreed that the DSS boss was coming at a time when the issue of insecurity had become a source of utmost concern, pledged to offer his support and assistance to the agency in tackling the many cases of kidnapping, banditry,and many other vices bedeviling the state.
He told the DSS Director, that on assumption of office, one of his primary assignments was to visit all security agencies in the state, including the DSS. This according to him was in order to boost their morale and show his support.
In his response, the State Director of Security, Ibrahim Nyam Sale, who was introduced as a son of the soil, said even though he is from Plateau, he would rather prefer to be referred to as a Nigerian on assignment in Plateau State.
Mr. Sale, who promised to discharge his duties with all fairness, said that whatever decisions the legislature takes impacts on the security of the whole state and therefore, called for synergy between the PLHA and the DSS.
Speaking further, he proposed for a stiffer penalty such as death sentence for perpetrators and offenders found guilty of such crimes as insurgency, kidnapping, banditry etc as it will serve as deterrent to others.
In line with this, the state director pleaded with the Plateau State House of Assembly (PLHA), to as a matter of urgency pass all bills to that effect.
He however, pledged to collaborate with other sister agencies in the state e.g the police, as according to him, both have a role to play in ensuring that insecurity is curbed and if possible, brought to an end.
The Deputy Speaker, Hon. Saleh Yipmong, who was also on hand to welcome the new DSS Chief and members of his entourage, stated that Mr. sale’s posting to the state was very strategic at this point in time.