THE Kogi State governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, on Tuesday issued a seven-day ultimatum to four local government administrators and traditional rulers of the areas where 15 Fulani were allegedly killed to fish out the perpetrators.
The governor said the people should ensure the arrest of those responsible for the killings or risk losing their positions and stools for the ineptitude of duty.
Bello gave the order during a security stakeholders meeting held in Government House, Lokoja following the renewed killings in some parts of the state.
The governor lamented that Fulanis were killed in Yagba west, Omala, Dekina and Igalamela/Odolu local government areas, adding that his administration would not condone killings of any citizen in the state.
While giving an ultimatum to the Administrators of the four local government and their traditional rulers, Governor Bello vowed to apprehend and bring to book the perpetrators of the dastardly act, saying the government would not allow the insecurity situation that occurred in Benue, Nasarawa and Zamfara states to extend to Kogi State.
Bello said: “These Fulanis have been staying with us in the state peacefully without any rancour any politicians or detractors who are behind these killings will be made to face the full wrath of the law as my administration will not spare anybody no matter how highly placed in the society.”
He commended the security agents for their effort in ensuring that there is absolute peace in the state, urging them to be more proactive in order to keep the state safe.
The Administrator of Yagba West where the killing of 11 Fulanis took place, Comrade Joseph Olutimi, stated that he received a report that a farmer was allegedly killed by Fulani herdsmen, noting that he quickly informed the security agents who swung into action.
He pointed out that the Fulanis were killed by yet to be identified gunmen, stressing that the people of the local government have been living peacefully with the resident Fulanis.
The special adviser to the governor on security, Commodore Jerry Omadara, told the gathering that last week a farmer in Yagba west was allegedly murdered in his farm by suspected herdsmen, saying some people took the law into their hands in a reprisal attack and killed ten Fulanis who resided in some communities in the local government and dumped their corpses in Omi dam.
He further disclosed that three corpses of Fulanis were found in Oluja community in Dekina local government, while several cows were killed by unknown gunmen, stating that Omiyowo, Ogar, Ejigba and Dekina recorded high rate of killing innocent citizens.
The Secretary of Meyetti Allah in charge of Yagba west, Mohammed Mainasara, alleged that 11 Fulani residents in the council were killed without provocation.