Hon. Mark Brantley on recent violence

(ZIZ News) — Acting Minister of National Security Hon. Mark Brantley issued a statement on Friday in light of the recent spate of violence across the federation including a shooting incident Thursday evening that left 2 persons dead and three injured.

Minister Brantley began by extending condolences to the families of the victims of violence, stating, “I wish, on behalf of the Honourable Prime Minister and the government, to express deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of these two young men senselessly killed last evening. I also express the hope of the nation, that those injured are able to make a full recovery.”

“Parents should never have to bury their children,” he added. “Our young nation should never have to bury our young sons in this way. We are far, far better as a people and as a nation, than what these criminal elements portray us to be.”

He also pledged the government’s commitment safety and security in the federation.

“This government is fully committed to the safety and security of our citizenry. We have invested significant resources to date and will continue to invest heavily to arrest this scourge,” he said.

He continued, “This government again gives its solemn commitment to confront crime and criminality in all its forms wherever and whenever it rears its head. The police high command and the rest of our security forces are on high alert and will, over the ensuing weeks and months, step up their intelligence gathering and interdiction activities,” he said.

He also called on the opposition, the Church, the non government organizations and civil society to come together and “send a single clear message that criminals and criminality have no place in society and that violence in any form, is unacceptable.”