As peace gradually returns to Daffo rural communities in Bokkos Local Government of Plateau, the state’s Police Command has confirmed the arrest of a herdsman with a military AK 47 rifle.
Mr Terna Tyopev, the command’s spokesman, who confirmed the arrest to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Jos, gave the rifle’s number as HC2614.
He said that the herdsman, Muhammadu Musa Bimini, was arrested by mobile policemen on March 8, at Daffo.
Tyopev said that the suspect had been transferred from Bokkos to the state Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in Jos and was already being interrogated.
The police spokesman said that 16 people had been confirmed killed in the multiple attacks on several villages that took place between Wednesday, March 7, and Friday, March 9.
He said that the command had deployed more personnel to restore peace to the troubled areas, and advised the people to remain calm and avoid taking laws into their hands.
Meanwhile, leaders of the affected communities have said that 25 people were killed in the attacks.
The community leaders, who briefed newsmen on Sunday in Jos, said that many others were still missing.
Represented by Rev. Mamot Adams and Mr Macham Makut, the community said that the bodies of those killed were recovered and given two mass burials – one on Friday, and another on Saturday.
The community leaders blamed the attacks on “our Fulani neighbours’’, and listed villages attacked to include Nghakudung, Shilim, Morok, Mandung, Faram, Filla and Hotom.
Also attacked were Dai, Kungul, Hurum, Dahua, Malul, Warrem, Josho and Ganda.
They said that more than 5,000 people had been displaced, adding that some of them were in camps run by Churches.
They called on security agencies to intervene toward halting the attacks so as to restore permanent peace to the communities.
“We want government to take urgent steps to end the attacks because our youths are already agitated,’’ he said.