The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN says it is 'seriously' concerned that the efforts of the Plateau State Government towards restoring peace in the State could be jeopardized if thugs are raised and allowed.

According to it, politicians in the state must play 'clean' politics especially as the 2019 elections draw nearer in order not to return the state to its dark days of anarchy.

The body is particularly concerned about the activities of the Sara-Suka group which has been blamed for many deadly attacks in Jos in recently.

"We knew Sara-Suka to be a group of political thugs raised and bred in Bauchi State by a previous administration in that state for the purpose of winning elections, and has caused a great havoc to the state before its disbandment.

"We later heard that the group resurfaced in Jos, Plateau State capital. And having been dealt with by the security, we thought it was gone, but we were proven wrong by its recent nefarious activities exhibited on Monday," the State CAN Chairman, Rev. Dr. Soja Bewarang said in a statement.

Rev. Bewarang expressed the body's "dismay" with Monday's attacks by the Sara-Suka group in Jos.

"It is with strong dismay that the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Plateau State received the shocking news of attacks on motorists, pedestrians and vehicles by a gang called Sara-Suka in Jos North on Monday 18th June, 2018, at a time the state is enjoying the remaining Eid-el Fitr break declared by the Federal Government to enable Muslims in Nigeria celebrate the end of Ramadan," he said.

Commending the Plateau State Government, both executive and legislative, as well as the Nigerian Police for their 'swift' intervention during and after the attacks which resulted in the arrest of 33 members of the gang, CAN called on all stakeholders to be united in fighting the group to guarantee general societal peace especially as the 2019 elections draw nearer.

"We are calling on the State Government, elders and stakeholders in Jos and its environs to intensify efforts to ensure that all members of the group are apprehended to stop it from spreading to other parts of the metropolis especially now that we are drawing closer to 2019 general elections, in order not to allow anyone prevent citizen from exercising their civil rights of voting people of their choice, plunge the state in needless bloodbath and wanton destruction of properties and the return of the callous mutual distrust and religious bloodbath which had bedevilled the state for long," the statement says.

The Plateau State Police Command had yesterday announced the commencement of trial of the 33 Sara-Suka gang including their leader, saying after the first hearing, all the suspects were remanded in prison.

Hearing is expected to continue in Jos on June 25, 2018.