COAS Lagbaja gives troops 48-hour ultimatum to arrest killers of Fulani leader

COAS Lagbaja

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja

By Polycarp Auta

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, has given troops 48 hours ultimatum to fish out the killers of Fulani leader Ardo Adamu Gabdo in Panyam Community of Mangu Local Government Area (LGA) of Plateau.

The body of the deceased who was killed on Saturday had not yet been recovered.

But Commander of Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) Maj.-Gen. Abdusalam Abubakar, told the District Head of Panyam, Da Aminu Darwam, on Tuesday that the killers of the Fulani leader must be found.

Abubakar, who doubles as the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 3 Division, Rukuba, near Jos, described the act as criminal, adding that the operation will ensure everything possible to track down the perpetrators.

He assured that the military and other security agencies would not relent in their efforts toward stemming the spate of insecurity in the state.

He, however, called on the traditional ruler and indeed all stakeholders in the area to unravel the identity of those behind the heinous act.

”You are aware that recently we had a security breach around the Mangu general area, but we did a lot to restore the relative peace we are currently enjoying in this locality.

”However, a few days ago, we got a report that an Ardo was killed in Panyam. My men and I have not been sleeping because of this.

The COAS has given us 48 hours to arrest the perpetrators and this a task we must accomplish.

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”This is an act of criminality and we will ensure that we bring the criminals to justice or we bring justice to them,” he said.

The commander promised to be just and fair to all, adding that he had sworn an oath to carry out his duties with the fear of God and for the good of humanity.

”I have no other job to do than to ensure that lives and property, irrespective of tribe and religion, are protected at all times.

”This duty I will not relent on doing to the best of my ability,” he promised.

Responding, the district head thanked the commander for the visit and promised to collaborate with security agencies to arrest the criminals.

He described the incident as shocking, owing to the fact that both Fulani and the locals had coexisted peacefully for years.

”I took aback when I heard of the incident; it is a sad and unfortunate development.

”We have lived with the Fulani for long and I want to assure you that our ears are on the ground to support you with credible information,” he said.


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