Plateau Governor, Lalong goes tough, orders arrests of community leaders over incessant attacks

Plateau Governor, Simon Lalong

By Raymond Gukas, Jos 

Worried by continuous bloodletting as a result of attacks by unknown gunmen, Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau state has ordered the arrest of all Fulani leaders, community and village heads of the affected communities for questioning.

Fuming Governor Lalong said, “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.

“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.”

The  governor was speaking on Tuesday at Government House in Jos, during a stakeholders meeting involving all Village Heads, Security Chiefs, Clergymen and Community leaders in the State.

It would be recalled that last Sunday, unknown gunmen suspected to be Fulani bandits attacked Bokkos community of Kwatas, at about 9pm and killed over 13 persons.

This attack is coming few weeks after gunmen suspected to be herdsmen killed 12 people in neighboring Kulben village in Mangu local government area of the state.

Villagers within the two council areas that share common boundaries are now apprehensive about their lives since the attacks started in the year 2020.