Arms transporter suspect Likita Abubakar. Photo: Nasarawa State Police Command
A member of the National Assembly representing Jos South/Jos East Federal constituency of Plateau, Dachung Bagos, says that persons he described as “Fulani terrorists” have “declared war on the people of the state with the arrest of Likita Abubakar.
The Nasarawa State Police Command on Saturday arrested one Likita Abubakar, a 35-year-old man who was reportedly conveying 53 AK-47 magazine guns and 260 rounds of live ammunition, in addition to N38,500 cash, to yet-to-be ascertained destination.
Police Public Relations Officer of the command, ASP Ramhan Nansel, disclosed this in an exclusive interview with our Correspondent on Saturday in Lafia.
Bagos, in a statement on Sunday, said that Abubakar and his collaborators should not be allowed to execute their evil agenda in Plateau.
The lawmaker said “The interception and arrest of Likita Abubakar, a Fulani man, in Akwanga on Saturday 21st August, 2021 by the Joint Task Force of Police and Federal Road Safety Commission in Nasarawa State while transporting ammunitions to Jos, Plateau State, is a clear evidence that war has been declared by terror herdsmen against the good people of Plateau.
“I strongly want to call on Plateau State Government and the security agencies to rise to their responsibility of protecting lives and properties and ensure the arrest of the remaining six gangs and friends of Likita Abubakar, a Fulani man who was arrested in Akwanga, Saturday the 21st of August, 2021 on his way to Jos with fully loaded arms.
“I want to also call on all Plateau State people, especially youths, to be united and ensure that they are not taken unawares; they should protect their communities by preventing any further attacks.
“Section 33 (1) of the Nigerian Constitution provides that persons living in Nigeria, shall have a right to life and no one shall be deprived intentionally, of his life unless in execution of the sentence of a court of criminal office of which he has been found guilty.
“This aspect of the constitution has been forgotten, there is killing everywhere. Terror herdsmen are above the law. They seem untouchable and seemingly protected.If their activities remain unchecked, another civil war may erupt or the Taliban Afghanistan experience.
“It is very sad that in the past few weeks Plateau villages have suffered several attacks and hundreds of innocent souls lost, but this didn’t attract the necessary required attention, rather grazing routes are been reviewed instead of approval of encouraging private ranches.
“I call on the security agencies in Plateau State to take action like their colleagues in Nasarawa state to arrest the remaining six gangs who were on their way with loaded Arms to Plateau State for another round deadly of attacks
“Enough is enough, we will resist any attempt to continuously disrupt peace on the Plateau by forcefully taken over our ancestral farm lands in what soever form. Government should ensure the return of citizens that has been chased out of there communities”