The Brra Nggwe Rigwe, Ronku Aka, has said the Irigwe people were not behind the killing of commuters at Rukuba Road in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State.
DAILY POST recalls that on August 14, 2021, hoodlums killed 22 commuters at Rukuba road and injured scores.
The Police Command in the state had in a statement accused Irigwe youths of being behind the killings.
Aka, who is the acting Chairman, Bassa Traditional Council, said this when members of the Plateau chapter of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) visited him on Friday in Miango.
But the Royal father said his people are peaceful, insisting that they were not involved in the unfortunate incident.
He said the allegations were aimed at painting the good people of Irigwe in a bad light and setting them against other tribes in the state.
He said the Police didn’t carry out deep investigations before arriving at a conclusion on those behind the heinous crime.
“My people have been peaceful and will continue to remain peaceful; we are law-abiding citizens”, he maintained.
“I was surprised when I heard that the Police said my people are behind the Rukuba road killings when that time we are preparing to bury our loved ones who were killed by our attackers.
“Rukuba road is a cosmopolitan area; there are Igbos, Yorubas, Anagutas, Beroms, Irigwes and many other tribes living there”, he explained.
“So, singling out the Irigwe people as those behind the unfortunate incident without investigation is an attempt to paint them as bad people”, he lamented.
He called on the security agencies to carry out deeper investigations to unravel those behind the killings.
The Monarch expressed optimism that the chiefdom, which has been under series of attacks, killings and wanton destruction of properties in the recent past, would soon experience peace.
He promised that his people were ready to live in peace with their neighbours, and called on other tribes in the state to come and settle in his land without fear of molestation.
Corroborating the Monarch, Mr Robert Ashi, the President of the Irigwe Development Association (IDA), said the allegation was not only false but an attempt to give Irigwe people a bad name.
“We carried the bodies of our people for burial from the Plateau Specialist Hospital, Jos, for burial that same morning.
“We got close to the scene of the incident at about 9:45 am and security agencies around the area advised us to take another route and we turned back.
“Yet, the Police said we are behind what happened close to two hours before we arrived close to the scene of the ugly incident,” he narrated.
Ashi, who advised the security agencies to intensify efforts towards ending the circle of killings in all parts of the state, also called on them to be “professional, fair and just to all”.