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Curfew as herdsmen kill Plateau monarch, driver, police orderly

A first class traditional ruler in Plateau State, the Saf Ron Kulere, Sir Lazarus Agai, who is also the Chairman of  Bokkos Traditional Council, was on Monday  murdered in his home village, Sha, by suspected Fulani herdsmen.

He was the traditional ruler of Bokkos, the hometown of the former governor of the state, Chief Joshua Dariye.

The traditional ruler was killed when he was coming back from his farm in Sha.

He was killed alongside his driver and police orderly.

Details of the incidents were sketchy as of the time of filing this report but his death was confirmed by the member representing Bokkos Constituency in the state House of Assembly, Mr. Sunday Muchen.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Assistant Superintendent of Police  Tyopev Terna, who also confirmed the incident, said that no one had been arrested in connection with the killing.

Meanwhile, the Governor of Plateau State, Mr. Simon Lalong, has declared a curfew in Bokkos in connection with the killing of the monarch and his aides.

A statement by the Director of Press and Public Affairs to the governor, Mr. Emmanuel Nanle, on Monday, a preliminary security report before the governor had confirmed the attack.

The statement read, “The incidence took place at about 3pm yesterday (Monday) while the chief was on transit from a neighbouring village.

“The governor has therefore summoned an emergency meeting of security agencies tomorrow (Tuesday) so as to come up with strategies to prevent reprisals from aggrieved groups.

“To avert any breakdown of law and order, the government has decided to impose a curfew on the area.”

Meanwhile, officers of the 33 Artillery Brigade of the Nigerian Army in Bauchi State on Saturday killed two suspected kidnappers in a forest in Dutsen Zaki village, in Ningi Local Government Area of the state.

The officers attached to the Sector 2, located in Burra town of Ningi LGA, also captured two of the bandits alive and recovered various weapons.

The Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, 33 Artillery Brigade, Major Joseph Afolasade, disclosed this while addressing newsmen on Sunday at the Shadawanka Army Barracks, Bauchi.

He stated that the development followed series of clearing operations embarked upon by the soldiers to flush out all remnants of criminals that had been terrorising villages in the area, especially Kanawa, Rugan Abdulsalami, Diwa and Dutsen Zaki hamlets.

According to Afolasade, the soldiers who were on patrol succeeded in killing the hoodlums at the Dutsen Zaki Forest and arrested the wounded ones after a fierce gun battle with the armed kidnappers which lasted over one and half hours.

He said that there was no casualty on the side of his officers.

The Army spokesman said, “At the end, our gallant troops overpowered the bandits and succeeded in killing two of the kidnappers and captured two of the bandits alive.

“ We also recovered five AK 47 riffles, three rounds of 7.62 mm ammunitions, four Bajaj motorcycles, foodstuffs and clothing,’’ he said.

He further stated that such operations were ongoing across the state and the 33 Artillery Brigade’s areas of operation, which include Yanakari Forest in Alkaleri, Lame Forest in Toro and Buzun Forest in Ganjuwa Local Government Area.

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