The Nigerian Army has arrested about 72 suspects, including two women, in connection with the recent violence in Jos, the Plateau State capital.
The Special Military Taskforce, Operation Safe Haven, stated this on Wednesday, dismissing what it described as “media hype” about fake soldiers in Jos.
The military unit said, “there is no fake soldier going from door to door. The dexterity exhibited by soldiers was what marveled the criminals.”
“Yes, there are some criminals in black attire perpetrating violence that had been arrested as you can see them here, but they are not soldiers,” the statement said.
The Commander of the taskforce, Maj. Gen. Augustine Agundu, while parading 27 suspects, in Jos on Wednesday, stated that although 72 persons were arrested, 30 had confessed to their crimes.
Condemning what he described as a conspiracy of silence among the elders and elite going on in the state, he warned that the military would no longer tolerate any further attempt to attack the troops.