Three herdsmen arrested for killing Plateau Crowned Prince, others

Three people have been arrested for the murder of Plateau Crowned Prince, Mr. Chungyang Mwadkon and five others in Wereng village of Riyom Local Government Area, Plateau State, last week Monday, October 5, 2020.

Management Committee Chairman of Riyom LGA, Mr. Mafeng Gwalson, said, Wednesday, that the three, all herders, arrested following a tipoff have confessed to the murders.

Gwalson at the funeral of the six in Wereng village said others involved in the crime listed by the arrested suspects are currently being tracked for onward prosecution.

“We will make sure that justice is done on these murders. The people who did this are not unknown Gunmen and they will never go free this time,” he said.

The attack according to the LG boss was foretold with names of the plotters supplied to securities before it was executed.

Securities he said were placed in flashpoint areas to safeguard the vulnerable villagers but the attackers stroke Wereng which was thought to be safe.

Member representing Riyom constituency in the Plateau State House of Assembly, Timothy Dantong called for thorough investigation and follow-up on the arrests to check compromise.

“We have had similar arrests in the past but the suspects were released in the middle of investigations and they returned and continued terrorising communities,” he said.

The Christian Association of Nigeria, Plateau State, Rev. Fr. Polycarp Lubo at the funeral demanded that anyone, including locals found to have collaborated in the murder of the Prince and his subjects should be hunted and punished as well.

“We cannot be crying against attackers while people from among us are leaking security information to outsiders,” he said.

Prince Mwadkon had just undergone screening and was awaiting coronation when he was killed, two days after the Senator, Plateau Northern Senatorial Zone, Istifanus Gyang alarmed that herdsmen had listed traditional rulers in the State for assassination.

At the funeral of the District Head of Foron in Barkin Ladi LGA, killed on September 21, 2020, Gyang called securities to investigate every intelligence provided through social or conventional news media rather than interrogate the sources.

The Senator was however condemned as inviting violence by an unidentified civil society group.


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