Plateau monarch’s killing sparks vi­o­lence

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - From Hir Joseph & Lami Sadiq, Jos

Youths in Bokkos Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of Plateau State yesterday took to the streets bran­dish­ing dan­ger­ous weapons and set­ting ablaze three Fu­lani com­mu­ni­ties.

Daily Trust gath­ered that the un­rest was a re­ac­tion to the as­sas­si­na­tion of the Bokkos com­mu­nity para­mount ruler, Lazarus Agai, the Saf Ron Kulere.

The first class chief, his son, daugh­ter in-law and aide (a po­lice in­spec­tor) were am­bushed and killed Mon­day evening while they were re­turn­ing from a farm in Sha vil­lage.

The ag­grieved youths yesterday, sus­pect­ing that the fa­tal at­tack on the para­mount ruler and those with him was car­ried out by Fu­lani herders, burnt the three Fu­lani set­tle­ments, namely Fokkos, Danan and parts of Kwatas.

The Ardo of Bokkos, Yakubu Dabo Boro, and State Chair­man of Miyetti Al­lah Cat­tle Breed­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of Nige­ria (MACBAN), Nuru Muham­mad, who spoke to our cor­re­spon­dent, blamed the burn­ing of Fu­lani com­mu­ni­ties to re­ports car­ried by cer­tain me­dia or­gan­i­sa­tions and peace NGOs that ac­cused Fu­lani herders of the killing.

Muham­mad said men of Op­er­a­tion Safe Haven had con­trolled the de­struc­tions in Fu­lani com­mu­ni­ties but stressed, “Our homes have been burnt, we have told se­cu­rity agents that any­one found re­spon­si­ble for this atroc­ity whether Fu­lani or Challa, should face the law.”

The Plateau State Po­lice Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer ASP Ty­opev Mathias Terna said in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the killing was on but no ar­rest had been made.

The rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Jus­tice De­vel­op­ment and Peace Com­mis­sion ( JDPC) and Is­lamic Coun­selling Ini­tia­tive of Nige­ria (ICIN) in the area, Dan Maren, said in­sin­u­a­tions that the para­mount ruler was killed as a re­sult of a tus­sle over his seat was not true.

Gov­er­nor Si­mon Bako La­long yesterday said he was pained by the killing of the tra­di­tional ruler and as­sured cit­i­zens that Gov­ern­ment would fish out all en­e­mies of peace in the state.

Se­na­tor Joshua Dariye who rep­re­sents Plateau-Cen­tral in the Na­tional As­sem­bly and who hails from Bokkos, has called for calm, say­ing, “It is very con­fus­ing and emo­tions are run­ning high and no­body has been able to es­tab­lish a con­crete rea­son for the killing of this great man. I have been talk­ing to peo­ple to calm down. I can imag­ine the re­ac­tion from the peo­ple; the para­mount ruler had been do­ing all he could to bring peace to the land.”

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