Police Arrest 20 Suspects Over Killing of Muslim Travellers in Jos
- The Nigerian police have recorded another feat in their bid to restore peace to the troubled nothern geopolitical zone
- Twenty suspects have been arrested by the police in connection with the recent killing of travellers in Jos North LGA
- The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Usman Baba hasalso ordered the immediate deployment of officers to the affected area
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Jos - Officers of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) have arrested a total 20 suspects in connection with the killing of no fewer than 25 travellers in Rukuba area of Plateau, Jos north local government.
Recall that on Saturday, August 14, some travellers passing through Jos were shot dead by gunmen who opened fire on their vehicles.
Daily Trust reports that the police spokesman, CP Frank Mba, who made known in a statement on Sunday, August 15, added that 33 victims from the waylaid convoy of five buseswere also rescued.
A team comprising of of Police Tactical Units led by the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of Finance and Administration, Sanusi Lemu have been deployed to Plateau state to carry out an on-the-spot assessment.
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The directive according to Vanguard, was issued by the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Usman Baba in response to protecting the community and boost public confidence in the affected area(s)
Also deployed are investigators and covert operatives are expected to provide additional investigative, intelligence and forensic support to the Plateau State Police Command in the ongoing investigations and rescue operations.
The squads are to ensure enhanced, coordinated response to protect the community and prevent further attacks as well as bringing the perpetrators to justice.
Swift nemesis catches up with suspects of Plateau killings
Earlier, about 12 suspects said to be linked to the killings along the Rukuba road, Jos North LGA of Plateau were arrested by the special task force, Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) on Saturday, August 14.
This was revealed in a statement released on Saturday in Jos by the media officer of OPSH, Major Ishaku Takwa.
He added that the Commander of the task force, Maj-Gen. Ibrahim Ali, has urged Nigerians to help in furnishing the team with reliable information that would lead to the arrest of other suspects.
25 travellers killed in Jos buried in mass grave, victims identified
Meanwhile, 25 travellers killed by hoodlums at the Gada-Biyu area of Jos-Zaria road in Jos North local government area of Plateau state have been buried in a mass grave at Dadinkowa cemetery.
The hoodlums had intercepted about 92 travellers in five 18-seater buses and killed 25 of them.
The death toll rose from the previous 22 to 25 following a visit to the Plateau Specialist Hospital where the corpses were initially taken to.