Bokkos killings: Lalong orders community leaders’ arrest
From Christiana Gokyo, Jos
Following the persisting killings in Bokkos Local Government Area of Plateau State, Governor Simon Lalong has ordered the arrest of community leaders.
The governor gave the directive during a stakeholders’ meeting with the community leaders from Mangu/Bokkos, Riyom and Bariki Ladi Local Government Areas.
According to him, the arrest became necessary so that they can fish out or produce the criminals who are behind the killings.
The governor met with stakeholders which include heads of security agencies, traditional rulers, community leaders and ardos representing the Fulani community at the Government House where he insisted that the perpetrators must be fished out immediately.
He expressed anger over the incident which he said would not be allowed to degenerate further and make nonsense of the efforts put in to restore peace to the state, insisting that nobody is above law.
He asked: “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,” he added.
He told the state Commissioner of Police to take the community leaders and the ardos with him so that they can tell him those behind these killings.
“By the time they go to cell, they will bring out those people that are doing it. If you want to give evidence, give it to the commissioner of police. We are not afraid of criminals.
“Some community leaders and ardos have done their best but within us, there are criminals. We must expose them no matter how highly placed they are. If you are one of them, you better take yourself to the police station,” he said.
According to him, the Army is here, Police, Civil Defence, DSS, Operation Rainbow, saying that by the time those people are arrested, the problem would be solved.
Earlier, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Isaac Akimoyede briefed the governor on the crises and the efforts to contain it, explaining that he has held a meeting with the community leaders recently, warning against any breach of peace in the state.