“Invitation to war” – House of Reps urges IGP to find Plateau monarch’s killers


The House of Representatives on Tuesday asked the Acting Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, to urgently investigate the “gruesome murder”  of a paramount ruler in Plateau State, the Saf Ron Kulere, Sir Lazarus Agai, by suspected herdsmen and bring the suspects to justice.

Lawmakers passed the resolution in a unanimous voice vote in Abuja amid mounting tension at the session, which was presided over by the Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara.

The 78-year old First Class traditional ruler was the Chairman of Bokkos Traditional Council.

Armed persons were said to have killed him in Sha on his way home from the farm on Monday.

The member representing Mangu/Bokkos Federal Constituency, Mr. Solomon Bulus-Maren, informed his colleagues that the traditional ruler’s son, daughter in-law, Police Orderly and a relation were also murdered by the attackers.

Bokkos is the hometown of a former governor of the state, Chief Joshua Dariye, now a member of the Senate.

Lawmakers passed the motion in a unanimous voice vote to underscore the urgency of the situation.

The development came as the Plateau State caucus at a separate session, warned that the state would boil if the killers were not fished out within a reasonable time.

Addressing journalists at the National Assembly, the caucus said while it would appeal to youths back home to remain calm, it would be difficult to hold them for long if there was no action on the part of the Federal Government.

The caucus noted that the killing of the “longest-serving ruler on the Plateau ” was one too many and “a clear invitation to war.”

Bulus-Maren, who led the caucus members to the news conference, recalled that the festering herdsmen/farmer’s conflict on the Plateau had claimed a Senator, a member of the House of Representatives and a member of the state House of Assembly in the past, besides thousands of lives of villagers that were lost.

“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.

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