The special military task force ‘Operation Safe Haven’ (OPSH) have confirmed arresting twenty-one (21) suspects who partook in the recent killing of over 200 innocent people in Plateau State.
The suspects were paraded yesterday at the OPSH Headquarters in Jos by the media officer of the task force, Major Adam Umar and Police Public Relations Officer Tyopev Terna.
The suspects include those found with arms as well as suspected hoodlums who hijacked the protests sparked by the killings.
Umar said, “In our efforts to fish out the criminals carrying out attacks in some villages in the state, particularly in Barkin Ladi, we have been able to arrest some people from the scene of attacks.
“Out of the 21 suspects we arrested so far, 11 of them are those arrested in connection to the killings in Barkin Ladi and environs while 14 of them were arrested from the scene of the civil disturbances after the attacks.
“The suspects we are parading were arrested with arms, some of them with locally made guns, revolver and other dangerous weapons which they are not supposed to have as citizens.
“Information we extracted from the original suspects led us to trace some other accomplices and we have also arrested them.
“And there is the possibility of making more arrests over those killings as we intensify our efforts to get to the root of these killings in pursuant of our mandate to stop the killings, prevent further killings and restore total peace in the state.
“In our commitment and desire not to give the attackers opportunity to operate or opportunity to escape after attack, the commander of OPSH (Major General Anthony Atolagbe) has relocated to Barkin Ladi based on his resolve to remain with the villagers and monitor things closely and to be able to respond faster to distress calls from residents in danger.
“To be able to achieve better results in tracking these criminals, we are appealing to members of the public to oblige us with credible and useful information.
“This battle against these criminals should be seen by the general public as a collective one. We need everyone’s cooperation to do more than we are doing.
“Most of the suspects paraded have blood stains on their dresses. One of the suspects wore military trousers. Some victims alleged that some of the assailants were dressed in military uniform.
The task force did not however disclose the names of the suspects.
Meanwhile, the Plateau State Government has reviewed the curfew it imposed in three local governments of Jos South, Riyom and Barkin Ladi, from 10 pm to 6 a.m. daily
Recall that on June 24th2918, the Government of Plateau imposed a 6 pm to 6 am curfew in Jos to avert a further breakdown of law and order, following the killing of some people in some communities.
The downward review of the curfew was announced in a statement on Monday by Secretary to the State Government Rufus Bature.
He said, “The period of curfew earlier imposed on Jos South, Riyom and Barkin Ladi Local Government Areas has been reviewed.
“The period of the curfew is now 10pm to 6am daily”.
The statement advised citizens to go about their lawful duties and continue to be vigilant.
The special task force comprises police, Air Force, Army and paramilitary security agencies.