Though peace gradually returning to Daffo rural communities in Bokkos local government of Plateau over a recent attack, the state’s Police command has confirmed the arrest of a herdsman who was apprehended with a military AK 47 rifle.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Terna Tyopev, the command’s spokesman, who confirmed the arrest on Sunday, March 11, in Jos, gave the rifle’s number as HC2614.
Tyopev said that the herdsman, whose name was given as Muhammadu Musa Bimini, was arrested by mobile policemen on March 8, at Daffo adding that the suspect had been transferred from Bokkos to the state Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in Jos and was already being interrogated.
The police spokesperson also confirmed that 16 people were killed in the multiple attacks on several villages that took place between Wednesday, March 7, and Friday, March 9 and that the command had deployed more personnel to restore peace to the troubled areas.
He advised the people to remain calm and avoid taking laws into their hands.
NAN also reported that leaders of the affected communities have said that 25 people were killed in the attacks.
Represented by Rev Mamot Adams and Macham Makut, the report quoted the community as saying that the bodies of those killed were recovered and given two mass burials in two batches.
The community leaders blamed the attacks on “our Fulani neighbours,” according to NAN which also said they listed villages attacked to include Nghakudung, Shilim, Morok, Mandung, Faram, Filla and Hotom.
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Also attacked were Dai, Kungul, Hurum, Dahua, Malul, Warrem, Josho and Ganda.
The leaders said that more than 5,000 people had been displaced, adding that some of them were in camps run by churches just as they called on security agencies to intervene toward halting the attacks so as to restore permanent peace to the communities.
“We want government to take urgent steps to end the attacks because our youths are already agitated,” he said.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that former vice president Atiku Abubakar frowned against the tribal profiling of violent criminals on rampage across central Nigeria.
The report said he emphasised that people should be held responsible for their conducts as individuals and not on the basis of their ethnic affiliation.
“It is a misnomer to use the term ‘killer herdsmen of Fulani extraction’ or ‘killer Fulani herdsmen.” Atiku said.
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