In a disturbing turn of events, protesting women set ablaze the residence of the District Head of Bokkos town, Michal Monday Adanchi, in Bokkos Local Government Area of Plateau State on Friday afternoon.
The incident, reported to have occurred around 12:30 pm, is linked to the recent arrests of community members allegedly involved in the recent killings in the area.
According to a source from the area, the women expressed their anger over the arrests at the local police station before proceeding to the traditional ruler’s residence. They accused the District Head of being a “sellout,” leading to the burning down of both his house and administrative office.
“The incident began at the police station where they expressed their anger over the arrest of some members of the community. After leaving the police station, they proceeded to the house of the traditional ruler, protesting that he was a sellout. A few minutes after reaching the house, they set it ablaze,” explained the source.
Soldiers later arrived at the scene to disperse the protesting women.
The spokesperson of the state police command, DSP Alabo Alfred, stated that he would contact the DPO of the area for more information.
This incident follows the recent confirmation by the state police command of the arrest of eight individuals in connection with the attacks in Bokkos and Barikin Ladi LGAs.
The region has been marred by violence, with about 23 villages attacked on the Eve of Christmas, resulting in over 150 casualties and the destruction of hundreds of houses.
The escalating tensions underscore the challenges faced by communities in Plateau State, and authorities are working to address the root causes of the violence and ensure the safety of residents.