The STF is compromised, Berom youth say.
The Berom Molders Youth Association, BMYA, has said the nine suspects arrested last week by the Special Task Force on Jos crisis, STF, in connection with the attack on Du community, Jos South LGA of Plateau State are innocent.
The incident left 2 persons dead, but the STF denied knowledge of the killings.
The incident occurred one kilometer away from Plateau Governor, Jonah Jang’s, personal residence.
Addressing a news conference in Jos, Wednesday afternoon, the caretaker chairman of the movement, Rwang Dantong, revealed that the dangerous weapons shown to the media by the STF while parading the nine suspects were not recovered from the said victims.
“STF displaced the weapons to implicate the suspects, what they were having on them at the time of their arrest were mere locally made weapons.”
According to Mr. Dantong, the arrested suspects were carrying locally made weapons such as bowl and arrows, and cutlasses, while chasing the attackers, not guns, and ammunition as informed by the Task Force.
Mr. Dantong said that the aim of STF in parading the arrested persons with the weapons was to was to tarnish the image of the entire Berom speaking nationals and portray the Berom nation as harmful people in possession of arms and ammunition.
“Berom people are not hostile; we are a peaceful people and accommodating’’ he stressed.
“ The recent actions of the STF for arresting victims rather than the attackers, has painted the true picture of situations that the STF do not know why they are still in the state, or are refusing to do the right thing to prolong their stay in the state, this indicate that the force has lost her reason for their been in the state, therefore should leave,” said Mr. Dantong.
He said the STF has over stayed its welcome especially as it is compromised.
The association leaders added that since the lives of Berom in Jos are not being protected by the STF, it will undertake the job of protecting its community.
The group lamented that with the numerous killings of innocent people by gunmen in the state, no one has been punished to serve as a deterrent.
“Somebody has to be held responsible for the several killings of our people; but the STF are doing nothing.”
BMYA also faulted the Federal government initiatives in prosecuting identified culprits of Jos crisis.
The group threatened to convey their plight to the International community since the Nigerian Authority failed the address plateau crisis one and for all.
“We have written severally to the federal government to implement all white papers that have addressed issues on Jos crisis, but till this moment, it seems our demand has fallen on deaf ears,” the group said.