Police yet to arrest perpetrators of Abuja Fulani, Gwari clash and up

Police yet to arrest perpetrators of Abuja Fulani, Gwari clash and up
By Akin AkandeThree weeks after two people lost their lives and eight seriously injured in a communal clash between Fulani cattle rearers and indigenous Gwari people in Gwako 1 community of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Police have yet to arrest the perpetrators of the clash.

The duo of Muhammed Musa who was alleged to have forcefully taken his cattle to graze on one Danjuma Saidu’s farm thereby eliciting the whole crisis and Abubakar Ibrahim whom eye witness  said  matcheted Abu Maihoto which caused him grievous injuries and permanent deformity are still at large.

The report of the implementation committee set up by the FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed which was submitted to him yesterday revealed that all those involved in the death of the two people are also not apprehended yet by the Police.

This was as the Senator approved the immediate release of N29, 181,201.00 to cover for compensation of the victims of the clash.

The Minister while receiving the report in his office commended the committee for the detailed work as well as its speedy completion.

The committee recommended the immediate resettlement of the displaced Fulanis in their original location at the cost of N11, 316,751 and as well as N200, 000 for the clearing and cleaning of the University of Abuja premises used as temporary camp.

Senator Mohammed noted that the approval also include the sum of N2,400,000 for the payment of compensation to the families of the two deceased and eight injured persons as well as N149,450 for hospital and mortuary bills.

The Minister directed the Executive Secretary of the Federal Capital Development Authority, Engineer Adamu Ismaila to pay for compensation of land earlier earmarked for grazing at Paikon-Kore within one month and hand over  to the Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat for that purpose.

He directed the setting up of a committee to actualize the movement of Fulanis to the Permanent Grazing Reserve at Paikon-Kore on medium and long-term measure.

Senator Mohammed who also approved all the recommendations of the Committee further directed the setting up a Technical Committee to look into the large expanse of land allocated to the University of Abuja with a view of streamlining the manageable size in line with the National Universities Commission guidelines as the University has been found to occupy a total land mass of 11,824.04 hectares.

Speaking earlier, the Chairman of the Implementation Committee who is also the FCT Permanent Secretary, Engr. Anthony Ozodinobi recommended that the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies should speedily conclude their on-going investigations to enable early prosecution of all the culprits.