Jigawa police arrest 2 herdsmen over colleague's death

Nigeria Police Force

FILE PHOTO: A herdsman in Nigeria

The Police Command in Jigawa said it had arrested two herdsmen over the death of their colleague in Gagarawa Local Government Area of the state.

DSP Abdu Jinjiri, the Command’s Public Relations Officer, confirmed the arrest to newsmen in Dutse on Monday.

Jinjiri said that the suspects, aged 22 and 23 and who were residents of Gangara Fulani settlement were arrested on Saturday.

He said that the suspects allegedly conspired and beaten up one Manu Isa of Maidamisa Fulani settlement with sticks, which led to his death.

“The suspects conspired and beaten up one Manu Isa with sticks until he was down.

“When the police got to know about it, they rushed to the scene where they rushed the deceased to the hospital, but unfortunately died after two days.

“And it was speculated that the suspects beat up the deceased over a girlfriend.

“But a detailed investigation is ongoing to ascertain the genuine reasons for their action, after which they will be charged to court,” he said.

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On Sept. 9, the Security Committee of the Gagarawa Local Government where the incident occurred, banned Fulani traditional ceremonies and other festivities in the night in the area.

The Chairman of the Local Government, Alhaji Ibrahim Ya’u, announced the decision at the end of the council’s security meeting on Thursday.

Ya’u explained that the action was taken following frequent cases of unnecessary quarrels and fighting during such ceremonies.

He, therefore, warned the herdsmen to strictly comply with the directive or face the full wrath of the law.

The District Head of Jeke in Suletankarkar Local Government Area of the state, Alhaji Muhammadu Alassan, had also banned Fulani local traditional ceremonies in the night in his domain.

Alassan, who gave the directive during a meeting with village and ward heads in April, noted that such events ended up in quarrels and loss of lives and property.

The district head also warned residents of the area against carrying weapons while going to markets or attending ceremonies and other social gatherings.