At least 10 people have been arrested in connection with the recent crisis in Nigeria’s north-central city Jos, military authorities announced in the Plateau state capital Sunday.
Maj.-Gen. Augustine Agundu, Commander of the Special Task Force in charge of security in the state, disclosed this when he paraded some of the suspects in Jos.
There were skirmishes in Jos last week where five people were killed, several others injured and 12 houses burnt.
Agundu said during the operation to restore normalcy, troops arrested the suspects in their attempt to commit arson.
The suspects were arrested in possession of premium motor spirit in two Swan water bottles, machetes, pickaxes, and cutlasses, the military chief told reporters, noting that they were arrested in their illicit effort to commence reprisals.
According to him, the hoodlums on sighting approaching troops started hurling dangerous weapons at the troops in order to prevent them from carrying out the operation.
The state, located in Nigeria’s middle belt where the Muslim-dominated north and the Christian-majority south meet, has witnessed constant rifts between locals and Fulani herdsmen.
Many, especially women and children, have been murdered in previous attacks. Enditem