One of the three suspect his baron, one of the minority ethnic groups in Plateau, the last two are Fulani herders. This two tribe are at odd with each other over grazing rights.
The Special Military Task Force, “Operation Save Haven’’ arrested the three suspects alongside 14 others over the massive blood letting in the community on Wednesday in Jos.
The three men were said to have been captured at Gashish District in the Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau.
Naija News understands that property worth billions of naira were also destroyed and lives were lost in villages in the Barkin Ladi Local Government Area and its environs were affected in the onslaught.
Maj. Umar Adams, the spokesman of the STF, while parading the suspect told reporters that the suspects were arrested, clutching sophisticated riffles.
The deadly activities of the herdsmen have raised concerns over the future of agriculture in North Central Nigeria because of the penchant of the marauders to kill farmers.
Adams said the suspects were arrested in the course of the attacks.
“We all know that some days back, some villages in Barkin Ladi were attacked and these three suspects were arrested in connection with that.
“As our men were repelling the attacks in those areas we arrested these suspects with four riffles, three locally made guns and one AK47.
“The other 14 people were arrested in connection with civil unrest recently experienced in the state.” he said.
Adams further assured that many more arrest would be made as the suspect in the custody of the military were being interrogated.
In a related development, The United Global Resolve for Peace (UGRFP), have urged that some decisive must be done to end the endless incidence of attacks and killing of innocent people.
In a statement in Abuja on Wednesday, The Group’s Executive Secretary, Mr Pelumi Olajengbesi, prayed God to grant each affected home the fortitude to deal with such severe losses.
“The nation wept as it does now, swore itself sore to the promise that never again would live be wasted so cheaply without justice only for us to go round full circle in a matter of days to this.
“Something urgent must be done to address the continuous killing of innocent men and women nationwide.
“There is yet a nation to save and it is a collective duty of all to seek new ways to address the fatal challenge before us.
“While the nation continues to weep, and rightly so, for the many lives lost senselessly in the alleged herdsmen attack, may I extend my deep condolences to the families of those who lost their lives,’’ he said.
He called on the Federal Government to more responsive to its duty of protecting lives and property.