PLATEAU STATE, Nigeria – Unknown gunmen have killed a 70-year-old Fulani leader, Adamu Idris Gabdo, from Panyam District in the Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State.
The incident occurred on the evening of Saturday, September 23, 2023, as Gabdo was returning from a visit to the district head of Panyam.
Nuru Abdullahi, the state chairman of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), confirmed the horrifying killing. Although Abdullahi has accused Mwaghavul youths in the area of perpetrating this crime, Mr. Lawrence Kyarshik, the spokesperson for the Mwaghavul Development Association, has strongly denied these allegations.
“I have not heard this until now and I believe our people won’t go to this level of attacking and killing the Ardo (Fulani leader). The allegation is baseless,” Kyarshik said.
The Transition Implementation Committee Chairman of Mangu LGA, Hon Markus Artu, also condemned the killing.
The council chairman in a statement made available to newsmen in Jos on Sunday, described the killing as barbaric and an act of criminality by enemies of Plateau who were against the peace enjoyed in the state.
Hon. Artu assured the people of Mangu that the security operatives were on the trail of the perpetrators of the evil act and would soon be arrested and made to face the wrath of the law.
“The entire Mangu Council authority has distanced itself from the incident. The people of Mangu have since resolved to live in peace with each other, irrespective of tribe or religion and would not allow anyone to come between them,” he said.
“The incident was a deliberate act by hoodlums who are bent on throwing the council area into another round of chaos at a time when relative peace has been achieved and the people are returning to their ancestral homes due to many efforts made by the state government under the leadership of state Governor, Barr. Caleb Mutfwang,” the council chairman added.
While urging the Fulani herders to remain calm, the MACBAN chairman called on the security agencies to ensure the recovery of Ardo’s corpse.