Protesting women burn down traditional ruler’s house in Plateau

PROTESTING women have burned down the house of the traditional ruler of Bokkos Local Government Area of Plateau State, Micheal Adanchi.

According to reports, the incident happened around 12:30 pm on Friday, January 5, 2024.

Adanchi serves as the District Head of Bokkos town.

The women were reported to have set fire to the house in retaliation to the arrest of some who were said to be involved in some of the recent killings in the area.

The women destroyed the traditional ruler’s whole house and administrative office.

When contacted about the development, the spokesperson of the Plateau State Police Command, Alabo Alfred, mentioned he would contact the DPO of the area and get back to our correspondent.

Police arrest eight suspects over Plateau killings

A national daily, Leadership newspaper, had earlier reported that the State Police Command confirmed the arrest of eight persons in connection with the recent killings in Bokkos and Barki Ladi LGAs of the state.

The spokesperson for the state police command, Alfred Alabo, also told newsmen that attempts were underway to capture more suspects.

Police confirm 96 dead, 221 houses burnt in Plateau Christmas Eve attack

The ICIR reported that about 96 people were killed in an attack by gunmen on several villages in Plateau state on December 24.

The command said 221 houses were set ablaze across the affected villages.

Many people were also injured in the attacks, which were carried out in Bokkos and Barkin Ladi LGA of the state. About eight vehicles burnt in the process.

The state commissioner of Police, Okoro Alawari, disclosed this on Tuesday, December 26, in a statement signed by the command’s spokesman, Alabo.

On Monday, December 25, The ICIR reported how the assailants attacked several communities in the state, killed scores of residents, looted farm produce, and set homes ablaze.

Reacting to the incident, the state commissioner of Police expressed grief over the attacks and directed the deputy commissioner of Police in charge of operations to relocate to Bokkos LGA and also deployed a team of operational forces to the affected areas to prevent further attacks and assess the level of damages in the affected areas.



    However, there are indications that casualties in the attacks are higher than the figures provided by the Police. Several reports suggested that over 100 people were killed, and approximately 23 villages were affected.

    Plateau state is one of the states facing ethno-religious conflicts in Nigeria.

    Data collated by The ICIR showed that between January and October 2023, 7,046 people were killed in violent attacks across Nigeria.

     The ICIR gathered the data from the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED), a data bureau collecting real-time data on the locations, dates, actors, fatalities, and types of all reported violence and protest events worldwide.

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