Wednesday 28 November 2012
Men in police uniform kill 70-year-old, 2 sons
Men in police uniform were alleged to have killed a 70-year-old Fulani man, Shehu Ado, and two of his sons, Rabo Shehu, 42, and Peuri Shehu, 20, following a disagreement between Fulani herdsmen and Eggon men over grazing land in Uke area of Karu local government of Nasarawa state.
The Eggon tribe had allegedly went hostile in the last two weeks involved in communal clash in both Agyaragu in the southern part of the state and Nasarawa Eggon in the northern part of the state.
But the police authorities in Nasarawa state had quickly exonerated its men from the alleged killing of the three Fulani men, saying that the uniformed men were not their officers.
Malam Hussaini Nuhu, secretary, Miyetti Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MCBAN), Nasarawa state chapter, has alleged that the men in police uniform were paid by a group to kill the Fulani.
Nuhu said that for the police to raid the Fulani settlement without provocation goes to show that they were paid to kill, while calling on the authorities to intervene and ensure that justice is done.
“If the authorities fail in their duty to ensure justice, then they leave the people with no option than to take laws into their hands.”
Nuhu said his association will follow the matter to its logical conclusion and ensure that justice is done to avoid a repetition of such unwanted killings by the security agencies.
Ardo Mohammed Dahiru , the community leader in the area, claimed that the police officers, who were drafted from the Uke Divisional Police Station in Karu local government area, stormed the Fulani settlement around 5 am and killed the 70-year-old man with his two sons.
Dahiru added that the uniform men shot sporadically, killing two people instantly, while the third person died on the way to the hospital.
He explained that the police were noticed by a crippled who hid in a bush and was able to identify their patrol van, which they kept at a distance as they killed the three men.
He alleged that the incident took place a day when the Eggon were planning a protest over the alleged destruction of their farmland by the herdsmen.
Dahiru appealed to the state government to look into the matter with a view to finding the killers and ensuring that justice is done.
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Micheal Ada, who confirmed the death of the Fulani men, howeve, denied that they were killed by policemen drafted to restore peace in the area.