4 January 2013

Nigeria: 18 Arrested Over Fulani, Gbagyi Clash in Gako Village

Eighteen suspects have been arrested in connection with the recent clash between Fulani and Gbagyi communities in Gako village, Gwagwalada Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), the police said.

The FCT Commissioner of Police, Aderenle Shinaba, announced the arrests in Abuja yesterday and added that efforts would be made to ensure the safety of lives and property in the territory.

Shinaba is also the chairman of the committee constituted by the FCT Minister Bala Mohammed to investigate the cause of the clash in which two persons died and seven were injured.

Also, 27 Fulani settlements were razed in the clash, leading to the victims taking refuge at the University of Abuja.

"Investigations have commenced fully into the clash and this is part of the resolutions the committee will come up with, how they were able to procure their bows and arrows, cutlasses, Dane-guns and other weapons.

"The real situation as I speak is that peace has been restored in Gako community. The area is very calm. Normalcy has been restored.

"What we are trying to do is to sit down and look into the immediate and remote causes of the clash and that is why the FCT minister inaugurated an 11 man committee," he said.

He said the committee, which has one week to submit its report, was gathering information by listening to Gbagyi and Fulani representatives.


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