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Plateau: Three Youths Killed In Bokkos, As Protest Turns Bloody

Posted: Jul 22, 2016 at 6:23 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

…Govt Imposes 24-hour Curfew


Onoja Audu

Jos – Three youths were on Thursday killed by security operatives In Bokkos Local Government Area of Plateau State while attempting to lynch the Ardo (Fulani) leader of the community.

This was shortly after Ibrahim Idris, Inspector-General of Police, left Bokkos LGC for Abuja.

The development prompted the state government to declare a dusk to dawn curfew in Bokkos as security situation in the area degenerated to a free for all between the natives and settlers in their midst especially the herders of Fulani extraction.

There had been tension in the community since on Monday after gunmen killed the paramount ruler of Bokkos Local Government, Laazarus Agai, the Saf Ron Kulere.

The first class ruler of the locality was killed with his driver and his personal aide. Since Monday anger and condemnation had trailed the assassination of the monarch leading to tension and apprehension in the Local government, with accusations and counter-accusations between the natives and the Fulani.

Following the ugly development, Captain Ikedechi Iweha, Spokesman of the Operation Safe Haven OPSH, deployed to restore law and order in the state who spoke to newsmen in Jos said that following the unfortunate killing of the traditional ruler by gunmen, some irate youths hijacked the situation and had been disturbing the peace in the LGA.”

“Some youths on Thursday blocked the roads leading to Bokkos and started burning tyres and harassing innocent citizens.

“The situation got out of hand when the youths attempted to lynch the Ardo of Bokkos but security operatives swiftly came to the rescue of the Ardo and other innocent citizens. It was in the process that some of the youths opened fire on the security operatives.

“This development prompted the security operatives to fire into the air to disperse the youths and in the process three of the youths lost their lives while some security got injured,” he stated.

Iweha also confirmed to newsmen that a “Twenty-four-hour curfew had been imposed on Bokkos Local Government following the breakdown of law and order in the affected council on Thursday,” he explained.