The special taskforce, named Operation Save Haven (OPSH), set up to ensure law and order in Plateau, Bauchi and Southern Kaduna, has arrested seven additional suspects in connection with attacks in Barkin Ladi and Riyom local governments of the state on the 23rd of June 2018.
Parading the suspects at the command headquarters Jos yesterday, Brigadier General John Agie who is the acting director, Defence Information from Defence Headquarters Abuja, informed journalists that he came from Abuja in continuation of intelligence gathering and intensive investigation over what happened in the state last month.
According to him, the troops are still after those who are involved in the attacks on the 23rd of June, which led to the arrest of the two suspects. They are Ibrahim Choji and Ahmadu Ibrahim. The two suspects were part of those who allegedly attacked Zongo village on 23rd of June.
“We also have three other suspects here, one Shuaibu Suleman, Buhari Shuaibu, Zakamin Abdulkadri, these ones were part of the suspects that attacked Josho village of Bokkos on the 14th of July.
“After this parade, we are going to hand them over to the police for further investigation and prosecution.
“Meanwhile our intelligence are working round the clock in the villages to fish out these attackers, and as soon as we get them, we will let the public know, and they will be treated according to the law.
“We have paraded 11 suspects before, and here we are parading another seven suspects and all of them are in connection to the attacks. So we have 18 suspects so far.”
One of the suspects, Ahmadu Ibrahim, while answering questions from journalists denied ever participating in the said attacks. He claimed he was arrested on his way from a cattle market in Bukuru.
Meanwhile the President Jos Joint Traditional Council and the Gbong Gwom Jos, His Majesty Da Jacob Gyang Buba, has said that he received with dismay news of the recent attack on the convoy of the state governor, Simon Bako Lalong, in Anguldi, Jos South local government area by some irate youths after he visited the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Camp in Geo-Sciences over the weekend.
In a statement signed by his head of Media and Public Relations, Alex Rwang Pam and made available to newsmen in Jos, the Monarch said the act was not only condemnable and morally wrong, but also a departure from the good virtues and character of the hardworking youth of the state.
He regretted that this is coming at a time the state is going through security challenges threatening its peaceful and hospitable status.
The Gbong Gwom Jos appealed to the governor and those injured in the unfortunate incident to pardon the youths who he believes were wrongly motivated by some miscreants for selfish gains. He said the incident should not deter the governor from focusing on his mandate of providing enabling environment for the return of peace and security in all communities across the state.
He noted that the governor is also fulfilling his pledge and utmost desire to persuade the federal government to put in place machinery that will ensure that all displaced persons return to their ancestral lands and homes.
The Royal Father also called on the youth in the state to always use appropriate channels to air their grievances rather than through violent means which put their lives and others at risk.
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