Police arrest 16 suspects over killing and burning of 7 Fulani travellers in Gboko

Police arrest 16 suspects over killing and burning of 7 Fulani travellers in Gboko

Benue state Police Command has arrested 16 suspects over their alleged connection with the killing of seven Fulani travellers in Gboko area of the North Central state.

The Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, confirmed this on Thursday while giving a brief on the security measures adopted to address the security concerns in the state.

According to him, operatives of the Inspector General of Police Special Squad have been deployed to complement the efforts of police officials already tackling the Gboko uprising.

Seven people were burnt alive by hoodlums Wednesday.

The Police Commissioner, who warned residents against taking the laws into their hands warned that justice should be allowed to take its course against acts of impunity.

Owoseni had informed reporters at his office in Markurdi that the seven travellers were killed by angry youths in Gboko on Wednesday.

Owoseni said, “We got information around 11am this morning that some hoodlums believed to be of Tiv stock between 9.30am and 10am stormed a garage in Gboko where they attacked seven people believed to be of Fulani extraction, killed and burnt them.’

“The  passengers were said to be in the park where they were trying to board a commercial vehicle to Okene or Taraba, police in the area of the attack got information and rushed to the place but the criminals embarked on hurling stones at the police.”