This was revealed by Army Spokesman, Major Adam Umar who said three of the arrested suspects were linked to killings in the Barikin Ladi area, while the other 14 were arrested in connection with the deaths of travellers in the south of the state capital, Jos. He said;
“We all know that some days back, some villages in Barikin Ladi were attacked and these three suspects were arrested in connection with that.
As our men were repelling the attacks in those areas, we arrested these three suspects with four rifles, three locally made guns and one AK47.”
At least 100 persons were confirmed killed by suspected herdsmen during the attack on Gashish district of Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of the state last weekend.
The state’s Police Public Relations Officer, Mathias Tyopev, told Channels Television on Sunday that six people were also injured while at least 50 houses, 12 vehicles, and 15 motorcycles were razed.
He confirmed the casualty figure and destruction after a search and rescue team from the Plateau State Police Command visited the communities affected by Saturday’s attack.
The six villages attacked by the assailants are Xlands, Gindin Akwati, Ruku, Nhgar, Kura Falls and Kakuruk, all in Gashish.
Plateau State, which had previously enjoyed relative peace, has recently been hit by series of attacks mainly perpetrated by suspected herdsmen, resulting in the death of several persons.
President Buhari during his visit to the state on Tuesday June 26th, promised that all those involved in the killings would be brought to book.