Six suspects have been arrested by soldiers for their alleged roles in the communal crisis in Ibi in Local Government Area of Taraba State.
Chima Egemole, the Commanding Officer of the 93 Battalion, Takum, announced the arrest while parading the suspects before reporters on Sunday in Takum.
Mr. Egemole, a Lieutenant Colonel, disclosed that two peace meetings were held in Ibi recently as directed by the military authorities, but the arrested youth continued with violence.
“Prior to the most recent incident on Friday, two peace meetings were held in Ibi within the same week with a view to finding amicable solution to the crisis. But it seems the miscreants are bent on going on with the with crisis,” he said.
He added that: “It took the prompt intervention of troops and other security agents to restore normalcy in the area.”
The commanding officer said a 24 hour curfew has been imposed on Ibi while a manhunt for the remaining hoodlums was in progress.
Mr. Egemole, who explained that the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai’s mission was to ensure the restoration of peace among all Nigerians, urged all stakeholders to continue with negotiations.
Arms and ammunition seized by the army and displayed at the event include three AK47 assault rifles, two AK47 magazines, 104 rounds of 7.2MM, 19 rounds of 5.5 MM, four single barrel guns, 11 cartridges, among others.
Mr. Egemole, thereafter, handed over the six suspects and the arms and ammunition to John Akpovwovwo, the Divisional Police Officer in Takum, who transferred them to the state headquarters for further investigation and prosecution.
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