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18 Suspects Arrested In Abuja’s Communal Clash

18 Suspects Arrested In Abuja’s Communal Clash

The FCT Commissioner of Police, Mr Aderenle Shinaba, announced the arrests in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, on Thursday 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 set up by the FCT Minister, Sen. Bala Mohammed, to investigate the remote 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 Gwako 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 Gwari and Fulani representatives. According to him, the information gathering is to enable the committee to get into the root of the matter and recommend measures to forestall future occurrences.

“Part of our mandate is to see how they will be resettled. If you look at where they were, that is the place the Fulanis can actually live because there is enough land for grazing. “We were at the affected communities yesterday. We met the people, saw the damage done and we are thinking of how to resettle them,” he said.

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