By Frank Oshanugor
No fewer than twenty (20) suspects have been arrested and thirty three victims rescued by the police in connection with the attack by bandits on innocent citizens in Plateau State on Saturday.
Residents of Rukuba community in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State were attacked in the early hours of Saturday 14th August, 2021 by unknown gunmen and the actual number of those killed has not been confirmed as at press time.
Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police, (IGP) Usman Alkali Baba has ordered the immediate deployment of Police Intervention Team to Plateau State to carry out on-the-spot assessment and ensure enhanced, coordinated response to protect the community and boost public confidence in the affected area(s) of the State.
In a statement on Sunday morning, the Force Public Relations Officer, Commissioner of Police Frank Mba said “the Police Intervention Team is led by Sanusi N. Lemu, the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) in charge of Finance and Administration who is also the coordinating DIG, North-Central geo-political zone. The Team comprises personnel of Police Tactical Units – the Police Mobile Force (PMF), Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU), Police Special Forces, amongst others deployed to protect the communities, prevent further attacks and bring the perpetrators to justice.”
“Also deployed are investigators and covert operatives from the Force Criminal Investigations Department (FCID) and the Force Intelligence Bureau (FIB). The operatives are expected to provide additional investigative, intelligence and forensic support to the Plateau State Police Command in the ongoing investigations and rescue operations.”
According to the police spokesman, “the IGP, while condemning the incident, has called for calm and assured victims and relatives of the attack that the Police are working with the military, other security forces and the State Government to ensure that all perpetrators of the unfortunate incident are brought to book.
The IGP has enjoined citizens in the affected area(s) to support the security forces deployed to the hotspot by providing useful information that will lead to the arrest of other perpetrators of the crime and forestall any further attack.