As peace gradually returns to Daffo communities in the Bokkos Local Government Area of Plateau , the state police command has confirmed the arrest of a herdsman with an AK – 47 rifle.
The command ’ s spokesman , Mr . Terna Tyopev , who confirmed the arrest gave the rifle ’ s serial number as HC 2614.
He said the herdsman, Muhammadu Bimini , was arrested by riot policemen on March 8 , at Daffo.
Tyopev said , “The suspect has been transferred from Bokkos to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department in Jos and is being interrogated . ”
The police spokesman also told
Newsmen that 16 people had been confirmed killed in the multiple attacks on several villages that took place between Wednesday , March 7 , and Friday , March 9.
He stated that the command had deployed more personnel in the troubled areas to restore peace.
Report says that the attacks took place at a time President Muhammad Buhari was on a one – day working visit to the state.
Spokespersons for the communities , Rev . Mamot Adams and Mr . Macham Makut, said the remains of some of those killed were recovered and given two mass burials – one on Friday and another on Saturday.
The community leaders blamed the attacks on “ our Fulani neighbours, ” and listed villages attacked to include Nghakudung , Shilim , Morok, Mandung , Faram , Filla and Hotom.
Meanwhile. the Governor of Plateau State , Simon Lalong , has directed security agents to arrest and prosecute “ the criminals that perpetrated the killing of persons ’’ in the Bassa and Bokkos local government areas of the state.
A statement by the Plateau State Commissioner for Information and Communication , Yakubu Dati , quoted Lalong as saying that he would not rest until every life was secured.
“ Plateau State will not condone the activities of hoodlums , who take advantage of conflicts among citizens to perpetrate killings and destruction of property .