Plateau killings: 72 suspects arrested as Buratai blames elite, elders

Plateau killings: 72 suspects arrested as Buratai blames elite, elders

- The military has said it arrested about 72 suspects in connection with the recent Jos violence

- The chief of army staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, blames elders and and elite in Plateau state for the violence

- According to the military, two of the 72 arrested suspects are women

About 72 suspects have been apprehended by the military in connection with the recent violence in Jos, the Plateau state capital.

This disclosure was made by the Special Military Taskforce, codenamed Operation Safe Haven (OPSH). It said among those arrested included two women, Punch reports. notes that OPSH commander, Maj Gen Augustine Agundu, said that 30 out of the 72 suspects had confessed to their crimes. He condemned what he described as the conspiracy of silence among elders and elite in the state, warning that the military would no longer tolerate any further attempt to attack the troops.

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Agundu said: “But they (elders and elite) keep quiet. If they want to stop this act of violence and criminality, they can do so within a twinkle of an eye."

The chief of army staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, on Wednesday, October 3, blamed the elite and elders in Plateau for the violence and clashes in the state. Buratai, represented by Agundu, said this during the burial ceremony of three soldiers that were killed in Barkin Ladi local government area on September 6, 2018.

He said: “It is evident that there exist armed ethnic militia groups sponsored or supported by some elite and elders who deploy the misguided youths into committing the worst of heinous crimes. There is certainly no constitutional provision that allows civilians to bear firearms. But their possession has become a well sort-out vocation here in the Plateau.

“The OPSH effectively came into force on January 21, 2010, but the crises on the Plateau has lingered prior to the establishment of the operation with vulnerable persons bearing the brunt of the crises. In recent times, the bane of the crises has revolved around the total act of criminality by some unguided and irate youths, mostly under the influence of hard substances.

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It is evident that these youths are supported by a section of the elite/elders, while they have been unable to discourage them from violence, resulting in the absence of any tangible progress towards peace."

Meanwhile, previously reported that the Nigerian Army pulled out another vehicle from the mining pond in Dura Du, Jos, where missing General Idris Alkali (rtd) car was found on Saturday, September 29.

The search operation, jointly carried out by Operation Safe Haven and 3 Division Nigeria Army, Rukuba, made the second discovery on Tuesday, October 2.

Alkali, the immediate past chief of administration, Army Headquarters, Abuja, was declared missing on September 3. He was said to have gone missing on his way to Bauchi after leaving Abuja in the morning.

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