Sad, as more deaths recorded as a result of attacks, concerned lawyers protests invitation of monarch

By Raymond Gukas, Jos

Confusion continue to trail the latest killings in part of Plateau state as massive protests by a section of the youth’s spread across Bokkos LGA villages last Wednesday.

This is coming after a group of concerned  lawyers of Mwaghavul extraction from the neighbouring Mangu LGA are disagreeing with the arrests order handed to security operatives on community leaders and Fulani Ardos by the state governor, Simon Lalong on Tuesday.

So far, reports indicated that more deaths have been recorded as a result of the recent killings in Kwatas village of Bokkos LGA, as the rampaging youths located a number of Fulani settlements within the locality and burned them down in the process.

However, the lawyers on stormed the Plateau State Police Command  in Jos  to protest the invitation of their paramount ruler, Da Nelson Bakfur, the Mishkagham Mwaghavul for questioning as ordered by Gov Lalong.

Lalong  arrests order affected all Ardos and community leaders in four crisis ridden Local Government Areas of the State, which including Mangu, Bokkos, Barkin Ladi and Riyom.

It is recalled that the first attack in Kulben village in Kombun district of Mangu Local Government Area Left 13 persons dead, while the second attack in three villages- Kwatas, Ruboi and Marish in Bokkos Local Government Area Left 22 persons dead and all happened in the new year.

Barrister Dasplang, leading   about 40 concerned lawyers, lamented that “Our Paramount ruler, including us, his people, are mourning the unjust and wicked killing of our brothers, and then the Governor could give an order for his arrest. “To us, the arrest or invitation of our paramount ruler by the police command is an insult on us as Mwagjhavul nation.

“We are here at the police command to protest his arrest or invitation, which to us was very uncalled for and a slap on our face.

“We are not against the authorities trying to unravel the causes and persons behind the attacks and killings, but for a person in his status as paramount ruler, they should have visited his palace to obtain whatever information if they want from him but not to arrest him as a criminal, ” the group argued and called for the monarch’s immediate release as a mark of respect to him and the Mwagjhavul nation.

However, the command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Abuh Gabriel, said “the lawyers know that our action was in compliance with the order of the State Governor.”