The Plateau State Police Command said it has arrested Fulani and community leaders from Mangu, Bokkos, Barkin Ladi and Riyom Local Government Areas of the state, over recent killings by suspected herdsmen.
The arrested persons have been taken to Abuja for further interrogation, Daily Post reports
Recall that governor Simon Lalong ordered the commissioner of police, Isaac Akinmoyede, to arrest Fulani and community leaders of the affected communities, following the killings and destruction of properties around Kwatas and Bokkos Local Government Areas.
“I have changed, it is no longer business as usual, people cannot continue to die and we do nothing about it. Arrest all Ardos-Fulani leaders, community heads until they produce the killers,” Lalong had ordered.
“How can they say that people are killed and there is no arrest? Are those killing others spirits? I don’t think you can kill 15 human beings and claim you are spirit and there is no arrest.
“All community leaders should be in cell. Arrest them now, nobody is above the law. If they don’t produce the killers keep them in cell. Nobody has immunity except me and the Deputy Governor. This is my charge today, that all Ardos in the affected communities must be in cell.”
It was gathered that the Fulani Ardos initially resisted arrest, claiming that the governor’s instruction was not directed at them.
The report said the commissioner ordered the Fulani leaders to reconvene at the police headquarters in Jos, the state capital.
It added that they were asked to make individual statements on arrival at the headquarters on Thursday, before those from Riyam, Barkin Ladi, Bokkos Mangu, as well as the chairmen of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association in Nigeria, Plateau branch, with some community and youth leaders were bundled into vehicles and taken to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), police headquarters, Abuja.
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ASP Ubah Gabriel, the state police command spokesperson, was quoted as confirming the development, saying “For every Ardo that was moved to Abuja, an equivalent of the community leader from that area was equally picked and taken to Abuja.”