Monarch’s Murder: Reps Demand Urgent Action, as Plateau Lawmakers Raise Alarm on Impending Violence


Want President to Visit State, clamour for State Police
C’tee: Benue, Plateau, Others at Threat of Being wiped out by herdsmen

Damilola Oyedele in Abuja

The House of Representatives, on Tuesday demanded urgent action to apprehend and prosecute the killers of a first class monarch in Plateau, the Saf Ron Kulere, Sir Lazarus Agai, who was murdered on Monday by suspected herdsmen.

This is as the Plateau State caucus in the House warned of impending violence if the murderers are not arrested.

The House, following a motion of urgent national importance by Hon. Solomon Bulus Maren, condemned the murder of the 78 year old monarch who was the Chairman of Bokkos Traditional Council.

The lawmakers urged the acting Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris to ensure that the death of the monarch, who was killed alongside his ruler’s son, daughter in-law, Police Orderly and a relation, is unravelled.

The Plateau caucus, at a separate session, warned of impending violence in the state if the perpetrators of the murders, are not found, and backed the calls for the establishment of state police to address insecurity.

Bulus-Maren, addressing journalists, noted that while leaders in the state continue to appeal for calm, the youths may implode if there is no concrete action from the Federal Government.
“The killing of the longest-serving ruler on the Plateau is one too many and a clear invitation to war,” he said and recalled that the state has lost a Senator, a member of
the House of Representatives, a member of the state House of Assembly, and thousands of villagers, to suspected herdsmen.

“This killing of the first class traditional ruler is not just murder but an attempt to erase us from the surface of the earth. We will give security agencies one more chance to see what they will do. We will continue to appeal to our people to be peaceful and law-abiding as we wait for the needed action by the authorities”, he added.

Hon. Timothy Golu appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently visit Plateau State and make a clear statement on the actions being taken to address the increasing killings by suspected herdsmen across the country.

“Plateau will boil and if it boils, the whole of Nigeria will be affected. The people living in Plateau are not Plateau indigenes alone. This case requires more than a presidential spokesman writing a statement as a reaction. The President should visit the state to address this new dimension to the acts of terrorism on the Plateau,” Golu said.