By: Valentine Adese,
With the curfew put in place, over the attacks in Maingo Community in Bassa Local Government Area (LGA) of the state and the added marching order given to the troops, covering Bokkos and Bassa LGAs, to arrest and prosecute the perpetrators of the evil act, by the state Governor, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong, the Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Texas Chukwu, has disclosed that 7 suspects have been arrested and weapons recovered so far.
The press release from DAPR, dated 3/16/18, signed by Brigadier General Texas Chukwu, while disclosing the development stated that, as troops moved in to settle the dispute, the herdsmen opened fire on troops’ convoy.
“2 soldiers paid the supreme price. 7 suspects were arrested in connection with the clashes.” He added.
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TROOPS ARREST 7 SUSPECTS, RECOVER WEAPONS IN CLASH AT MIANGO COMMUNITY.
Troops of 3 Division Garrison Jos Plateau State has arrested 7 suspects and recovered weapons in the clash between Miango community and herdsmen at Rafiki Village on Wednesday 14th March 2018.
The troops responded to distress calls to the clash reported by locals.
As troops moved in to settle the dispute, the herdsmen opened fire on troops convoy. 2 soldiers paid the supreme price. 7 suspects were arrested in connection with the clashes.
While, conducting search, troops discovered 23 dead bodies at Mararaba Dare shortly before Rafiki Village and many civilians were wounded. 2 other soldiers wounded are receiving medical attention at 3 Division Military Hospital and Medical Services. They are stable.
Weapons recovered include one Ak 47 assault rifle with 26 rounds of 7.62mm special and One locally made single barrel loaded with 15 rounds.
Troops have intensified patrol within the general area to forestall further break down of law and other.
Brigadier General Texas Chukwu
Director Army Public Relations