The Leadership of the Plateau State chapter of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria(AFAN) on Tuesday, said that no farmer has been arrested carrying AK 47 in the state.
Plateau State Chairman of the Association, John Wuyep, disclosed this while reacting to a statement allegedly credited to the Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong, while featuring on a Television programme on Tuesday on the proliferation of arms amongst herders and farmers in the country.
Lalong, who is also the Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum had said “Today, we are now seeing the hazard of allowing people do open grazing here and there. But they (herders) also want solution; by the time you explain to them, they also want to stay in one place, they would also want to keep away from carrying AK-47.
I’m not justifying anybody to carry AK-47 but don’t forget that in the course of our deliberations and investigations, it was not only Fulani herdsmen that were carrying AK-47, even farmers were carrying AK-47.
Speaking with our correspondent through a telephone, Wuyet said to the best of his knowledge, none of it’s members had been caught carrying AK47, because it is a big offence and farmers in the state are law-abiding, they go about their business peacefully.
The Governor Lalong’s comments appeared to have raised dust among social media users, particularly on the Plateau with many quoting portions of the appearance to lash out at him.