Haliru Gwandu Abubakar, a Commissioner of Police in charge of the Special Anti-Robbery (SARS), has suffered a blow as his son identified as Zayyan Gwandu, was reportedly killed for being of Fulani origin in a retaliation attack in Plateau State.
Zayyan fell victim to a reprisal attack, following the killings in three LGAs of Plateau State by suspected herdsmen according to Sahara Reporters.
Activist and popular Facebook user, Gimba Kakanda who confirmed the report wrote;
“I’m devastated to learn about the killing of Zayyan Gwandu in the Plateau clash. .
He’s one of the travellers stopped and killed for sharing a religion or ethnicity with Fulani herdsmen. Killing fellow human beings for the wrong of people they don’t even know is savagery. Wow. RIP.”
Citizens getting stopped and killed for sharing an ethnicity, religion or culture with criminals they don’t even know? Is this the overflowing anarchy we call a country? Of course I know what we have done wrong, Nigeria. Millions of things. We are here because we have been pretending that we don’t notice these killings and destructions until the victims begin to seek an illusion of justice in the wrong place.
Zayyan’s death marks an elongation of a very difficult period of time, personally and professionally, for CP Gwandu.
The SARS, which he oversees, has recently come under public scrutiny on account of the high-handedness and criminal activities of its officials. Following the relentlessness of the anti-SARS campaign, Gwandu was forced to announce a repositioning of the squad.
The Police had issued a statement that indicated that the death toll in the attack on the communities in the Barkin Ladi Local Government Area on Saturday night had risen to 86. It added that six people were injured, 50 houses burnt, 15 motorcycles razed while two motor vehicles were torched.
The spokesperson for the Plateau State Police Command, Matthias Tyopev, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, in an updated statement issued on Sunday night, said the earlier 11 death toll in the attacks was due to the information at its disposal as of then before the arrival of the search and rescue team from the Barkin Ladi LGA.