- Governor Lalong of Plateau has ordered the immediate arrest of community leaders in some communities over a recent attack in the state
- The police commissioner in the state had said the death toll from the attack had risen to 22, adding that no arrest has been made
- Angry over the development, Lalong ordered the police boss to arrest the community leaders until the perpetrators of the attack are produced
Plateau state governor, Lalong Simon, has ordered the immediate arrest of all Fulani leaders and community heads in some local government areas of the state.
This is as the death toll from the weekend attack on a Plateau village rose to 22, New Telegraph reports.
Lalong gave the directive to the commissioner of police Isaac Akinmoyede during an emergency meeting of stakeholders which involved traditional rulers, Fulani Ardors, community leaders and religious leaders on Tuesday, January 28.
The governor was angry and sad with the continuous attacks and killings by unknown gunmen in some villages in the state.
Governor Lalong was particularly angry after being briefed that nobody has been arrested in connection with the attack while the death toll had risen to 22.
He, therefore, ordered the police to arrest the Fulani leaders and the community heads in the affected village until those who perpetrated the attacks are produced.
Earlier, Legi.ng reported that suspected herdsmen on Sunday evening, January 26, killed 14 people in Kwatas village in Bokkos local government area of Plateau state.
Former speaker of the Plateau state House of Assembly Rt. Hon. Titus Ayuba Alams confirmed the news of the attack on Monday morning, January 27.
“My village, Kwatas was attacked on Sunday evening between 6pm to 7pm by suspected herdsmen and14 persons were killed in the village market square,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Senate on Tuesday, January 28, announced it will exclusively dedicate Wednesday, January 29, to debate the worsening security situation across the country.
The president to the Senate, Ahmad Lawan disclosed this after a closed-door session of the Senate on Tuesday.
Lawan said that the Senate also resolved to prioritise the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), Power sector reforms to provide energy to Nigeria, agricultural enhancement across Nigeria, Electoral Act Amendment Bill and legislation to boost solid minerals development.
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