Cur­few in Bokkos as po­lice trail monarch’s killers

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Ron­ald Mu­tum (Abuja) & Lami Sadiq (Jos)

The In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice (IGP) Ibrahim Idris has or­dered DIG op­er­a­tions Joshach Ha­billa to pro­ceed to Plateau state to bring killers of Chief Lazarus Agaie, the tra­di­tional ruler of Bokkos, who was mur­dered on his way from a farm along­side his wife, son and Po­lice or­derly. A state­ment on Thurs­day from po­lice spokesman DCP Don Awu­nah said the IGP promised that those be­hind the grue­some mur­der of the monarch would be fished out in record time for pros­e­cu­tion. Awu­nah said the IGP de­scribed the mur­ders as painful but ad­vised against reprisal at­tacks, not­ing that ag­grieved par­ties should await the out­come of po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion. “IGP Ibrahim Idris said the Nige­ria Po­lice will leave no stone un­turned in ar­rest­ing the cul­prits, but need the col­lab­o­ra­tion of ev­ery­one with use­ful in­for­ma­tion, with­out over­heat­ing the al­ready tensed in­se­cu­rity chal­lenges the coun­try is go­ing through,” he added.

Mean­while, a 24-hour cur­few has been im­posed on Bokkos Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of Plateau State where six per­sons were yes­ter­day killed fol­low­ing an al­ter­ca­tion be­tween youths in the com­mu­nity and soldiers as well as an at­tack on the com­mu­nity’s po­lice sta­tion.

Daily Trust re­ports that a clash be­tween soldiers of Oper­a­tion Safe Haven with youths of the com­mu­nity who bar­ri­caded the en­trance/exit road had led to the killing of four per­sons.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred af­ter the Deputy In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice (DIG), Op­er­a­tions Ha­bila Joshak and the se­na­tor rep­re­sent­ing Plateau Cen­tral, Joshua Dariye had vis­ited. Our cor­re­spon­dent gath­ered that as soon as the two dig­ni­taries left, youths of the com­mu­nity at­tacked the po­lice sta­tion, killed two de­tainees and re­leased others.

Po­lice Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer ASP Ty­opev Mathias Terna said he was yet to be briefed on the in­ci­dent.

An­gry youths had blocked the main en­trance to the com­mu­nity as early as 8 am yes­ter­day as they con­tin­ued to demon­strate the as­sas­si­na­tion of the Saf Ron Kulere, Lazarus Agai who was on Mon­day killed along with two of his fam­ily mem­bers and an aide.

Oper­a­tion Safe Haven Me­dia and In­for­ma­tion Of­fi­cer, Cap­tain Ikedichi Iweha said the soldiers had ex­tracted one of the Ar­dos whom youths in Bokkos had at­tempted to lynch, adding, “They in­sisted that troops hand over their weapons, which the troops re­fused. We also ex­tracted a Fu­lani Ardo they were try­ing to lynch, so they started say­ing that we are tak­ing sides with the Fu­lani.”

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