Adams Ibrahim, Bello Mohammed, Yusuf Ibrahim, Mansur Suleiman, Saudi Mohammed, Zaraddeen and Haruna, has confessed that they were using Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) to burn down houses before they were arrested by the Special Military taskforce in Plateau State northcentral part of Nigeria.
It would be recalled that last week Sunday, crisis engulfed in some parts of Jos North local government areas of Plateau, leaving five persons dead, several others wounded and 12 houses burnt.
The crisis was as a result of the discovery of a beheaded corpse of one Mr. Enoch Monday an indigene of Miango community, who was murdered by unknown person(s) and his chopped off head was equally taken away by assailants.
The incident triggered an ethno-religious dimension resulting in a reprisal attack by some youths.
However, the Special Task Force (STF), code named Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), at the weekend paraded ten persons in connection with the crisis.
Among those paraded, seven out of the ten were said to be arrested while on a mission to burn more houses and cause more havoc that will further escalate the crisis, Major Gen. Augustine Agundu said, while briefing journalists.
Gen. Agundu, the Taskforce Commander, said that during the operation to restore normalcy, troops arrested one Adams Ibrahim, Bello Mohammed, Yusuf Ibrahim, Mansur Suleiman, Saudi Mohammed, Zaraddeen and Haruna in their attempt to commit arson.
“The suspects were arrested in possession of premium motor spirit in two Swan water bottles, machetes, pickaxes and cutlasses.
“They were arrested in their illicit effort to commence reprisals, a situation which would have engulfed the entire Jos metropolis.
“Also during cordon and search operation in suspected hoodlums’ hideout in Dutse Uku, Abubakar Abdullahi, Mansur Abdullah and Agwom Azi were also apprehended.
“When the hoodlums sighted our troops, they started hurling dangerous weapons at the troops in order to prevent them from carrying out the operation”, Agundu said.
The Army boss said the success of relative peace attained on the Plateau must never be allowed to be taken away by hoodlums who wants to take the State back to the dark days of anarchy, arson, bloodletting and all the negative consequences of the past years.
Agundu assured the public that the suspects arrested will be handed over to the appropriate prosecuting agencies for necessary action.