Vigilantes have reportedly terminated no less than 16 lives of bandits in the Bangalala town of Wase Local Government Area of Plateau State.
This was after bandits reportedly occupied the town, threatened the people to leave.
The Vigilantes, journalists reported, mobilized themselves in confrontation with the bandits on Saturday, 30th July, 2022.
The Vigilantes lost two of their members.
Alfred Alabo, a deputy Inspector-General of Police, the State Police Public Relations Officer, said the Vigilantes might have committed murder with the attack.
Alabo said, “We have the FOB Commander from the STF within that axis. We have a DPO in that place. We have a local government chairman in that place. We have the DSS there.
“How come they killed, or did they murder, 16 people? How come the vigilantes would kill 16 people and would not make a report? Those vigilantes need to be arrested. They did not tell the police authority that is within the local government area, and they published it in the newspaper that the vigilantes killed.
“Who went with them for the killing? From the way I’m responding, you can see that we have not seen anything.”
He promised to investigate the matter.
He also said, “If you fight bandits and recover exhibits, is it not a good thing? Then, you report it to the police. If you don’t want to report it to the police, you report it to Operation Save Haven that is there, or the DSS that is there.
“You can report it to the Civil Defence or the Nigerian Customs Service represented there. Why will you leave all the government agencies and go to the newspaper to publish?”
He said he had a contact with the local government chairman and traditional leaders in the area who should brief him on such a development.
The ICIR earlier reports that Plateau State has experienced recurring crises, mainly between locals and herders in recent years, with the latest being the most terrible of all, recording no less than 1000 dead casualties. This was around April in Kanam and Wase Local Government Areas.