The Nigeria Security force say the men sporadically shot in Du, the state’s governor village.
By Andrew Ajijah
The Special Task Force, STF, handling the Plateau State crisis, on Tuesday night arrested nine suspected gunmen terrorizing communities in the state.
The men, according to media officer of the STF, Salisu Mustapha, were arrested after for their involvement in shoot-outs that occurred on Tuesday evening.
Two people are alleged to have died during the shoot-outs.
Mr. Mustapha, however, said he was unaware of the two deaths. He told journalists that the nine suspects were arrested after a gun battle with the security operatives.
“On 8 January 2013, at about 10: 20 pm Special Task Force personnel received a distress call through one of the recently launched emergency telephone numbers to the general public about sporadic gunshots heard around Du, Shenabe and Bisichi villages in Jos South Local Government Area of plateau state. Our troops combed the general areas and arrested nine suspects in four different cars,” he said.
Mr. Mustapha said he would not reveal the identity of the suspects at the moment saying, “Preliminary investigations revealed that the suspects acquired the weapons from various sources within Plateau State.”
The spokesperson said the suspects claimed that they exchanged gunfire with some gunmen who came to rustle cows in Du village; and were arrested in the process of going to ambush the gunmen
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