PLATEAU State Police Command has successfully apprehended several suspects believed to be involved in the brutal killings of more than 200 people on Christmas Eve in Bokkos and Barkin-Ladi local government areas.
In a series of coordinated attacks, gunmen suspected to be herdsmen targeted 12 communities, resulting in numerous fatalities, injuries, and the destruction of countless homes and properties.
According to Alfred Alabo, the spokesperson for the state police command, the arrests were made possible thanks to crucial information provided by members of the affected communities.
The suspects are currently held at the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) and are undergoing interrogation.
Alabo stated, “Some people have been arrested and they are in custody undergoing interrogation. As of the last count, they were eight in number. But at the moment, the affected communities and villages are relatively calm and our men are on the ground to ensure that the peace that has been restored is maintained.”
Meanwhile, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has swiftly delivered relief materials to assist those affected by the attacks.
Mr. Manzo Ezekiel, the NEMA Head of Information, confirmed this development, emphasizing that NEMA’s intervention is aimed at saving lives in times of disaster and emergency.
The distributed relief items consist of essential food supplies, such as rice, beans, garri, powdered milk beverages, tomato pastes, and seasoning cubes.
Additionally, the relief package includes salt, vegetable oil, palm oil, detergent, toilet soap, mosquito nets, blankets, mattresses, plastic buckets, and cups.
To address the urgent sanitation needs at the displacement camps, NEMA has also provided building materials for constructing VIP toilets. Vice-President Kashim Shettima, during his recent visit to Plateau State, stressed the importance of providing prompt relief assistance to mitigate the impact of the attacks.
Consequently, Governor Caleb Mutfwang is overseeing the fair and equitable distribution of the relief items among the displaced individuals.
As part of its response efforts, NEMA Director-General, Mustapha Habib Ahmed, has deployed senior directors, led by Dr. Onimode Abdullahi Bandele, the Director of Planning, Research, and Forecasting, to coordinate assessment and support affected persons in Plateau State.