Troops of 3 Division Garrison Jos Plateau State have arrested 7 suspects and recovered weapons in the clash between Miango community and herdsmen at Rafiki Village of Plateau state on Wednesday 14 March 2018, Naija News understands.
In a statement made available to Naija News by Brigadier General Texas Chukwu, Director Army Public Relations, he stated the arrest occurred after the troops responded to distress calls from residents of the area.
According to his statement, two soldiers however lost their lives during the operation and others that were wounded are receiving treatment as the assailants opened fire on the troops.
“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,” he said.
Recall Naija News earlier reported that in the wakes of the recent clash, the Plateau state governor, Simon Lalong, has issued a dusk to dawn curfew on Bassa local government area of the state.
Source: Naija News