In Plateau State, gunmen have reportedly murdered a prominent Fulani leader known as Adamu Gabdo. Gabdo was the Ardo of Panyam in the Mangu Local Government Area, where he was fatally attacked by his assailants on Saturday night.
The Chairman of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, Nuru Abdullahi, confirmed Gabdo’s assassination to reporters in Jos on Sunday. Abdullahi disclosed that the 70-year-old Fulani chieftain was attacked while returning from a visit to the District Head of Panyam.
While attempts to contact Alabo Alfred, the Plateau State Police Command Spokesman, for a reaction to the killing proved futile, Markus Artu, the Transition Implementation Committee Chairman of Mangu Local Government Area confirmed the incident in an official statement.
Artu condemned the assassination as a “barbaric and criminal act” carried out by those seeking to disrupt the peace in Plateau. He emphasized that Mangu Council and its inhabitants have committed to peaceful coexistence regardless of tribal or religious differences.
The Chairman of the council further accused the perpetrators of the act of seeking to provoke chaos in the region, mentioning that under the present state governor, Caleb Mutfwang, people are beginning to return to their ancestral homes owing to significant efforts to maintain peace.
While admonishing the Fulani herders to maintain calm amid the crisis, Abdullahi urged security agencies to aid in the recovery of Ardo’s remains. The murder of the Fulani leader follows a series of brutal attacks in the area which have led to over 300 fatalities and significant damage to property in the past three months, as reported by Newsontheplateau.