June 9, 2009

Calm returns to Bokko after woman’s death

Bokkos (Plateau) — Calm has returned to Bokkos Local Government Area of Plateau State after tension over the killing of a woman in a farm by suspected herdsmen.

Following the discovery of the body of the unidentified woman in Mangor village on Saturday, tension arose with fears of a revenge attack by the natives.

Consequently, traditional rulers, security agents and the local government held meetings to prevent a breakdown of law and order.

Confirming the incident yesterday, Divisional Police Officer in Bokkos, Mr Allwell Ben, said the woman had gone to her farm on Friday morning but her body was found with a deep cut on her neck.

The DPO said after a thorough investigation, it was discovered that the woman had a disagreement with suspected herdsmen over the destruction of her crops by cattle.

He said 23 herdsmen had been arrested and taken to the police headquarters in Jos, with four, arrested in a village called “Mile 7”.

Chairman of Bokkos Local Government, Moses Dongo, said peace had returned to the area after several meetings with stakeholders on the situation.

Dongo said members of the council spoke to all stakeholders to prevent a fight.
“Some of the Fulanis who have been in the village for long wanted to pull out for fear of being attacked but were persuaded to stay,” he said.

The traditional ruler of Bokkos, Saf Ron Kulere, Lazarus Agai, promised to convene a meeting of district heads and the leader of the Fulani Community on Tuesday toward resolving the issue.

He urged the people to live in peace and not to take the law into their hands.