Fulanis and local community leaders from Mangu, Bokkos, Barkin Ladi and Riyom local government areas of Plateau State have been arrested and taken to Abuja by the Plateau State Police Command.
The suspects would be answering questions on the crisis that rocked parts of Bokkos LGA of the state where 15 people were gruesomely murdered.
The Fulanis were arrested less than 24 hours after Plateau State Governor, Simon Bako Lalong ordered the State Commissioner of Police, Isaac Akinmoyede to arrest community leaders and Ardos of the affected communities following the killings of 15 people and destruction of properties around Kwatas and nearby communities of Bokkos LGA.
Meanwhile, a slight disagreement had stalled the arrest on Tuesday when only the Fulani Ardos stood up for the arrest while community leaders remained seated, claiming that the governor’s instructions was not directed at the Fulanis.
However, CP Akinmoyede had ordered the leaders to reconvene at the Police headquarters the following day.
Sources said that on their arrival, they were asked to make individual statements in which some of them were released.
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Gn Thursday, it was gathered that Ardos from Riyom, Barkin Ladi, Bokkos and Mangu as well as the Chairmen of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association in Nigeria and some community and youth leaders were bundled into vehicles and whisked away to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) at the Police headquarters in Abuja.
ASP Ubah Gabriel, the Police Public Relations Officer confirmed the development. He said: “For every Ardo that was moved to Abuja, an equivalent of the community leader from that area was equally picked and taken to Abuja.”