By Adebayo Williams
Herdsmen and Gbagyi communities of Niger State clashed during the Eid-el-Fitri celebration leaving 11 people dead. Four persons were killed at Lamba in Paikoro local government while seven others were brutally murdered in Barakuta in Boss local government. Properties worth millions of naira were said to have been destroyed in the crisis. The cause of the clash remains a mystery. The governor of the state, Abubakar Sani Bello, promised to ensure the perpetrators of the crime are brought to book. He also assured the displaced persons of their safety in Bosso Primary School, where they are being camped.
“There are laws and nobody can claim to be above the law. Whatever maybe the grievances, people cannot take laws into their hands. I have instructed the chairmen of the affected councils, Commissioner of Police and my Special Adviser, Security to fish out the masterminds of the two clashes as well as their accomplices. I have also directed for comprehensive investigations into the incidences with a view to prosecuting and bringing to book the culprits. We are determined to bring an end to this barbaric act. The Police and other security agencies should ensure that we get to the root of these sad events, prosecute and punish those found culpable,” he said.
The State Police Command spokesman, Bala Elkana, said that police and military had been drafted to the communities for joint patrol, adding that those arrested were being investigated.