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Plateau Attacks: Police arrest 20 suspects, rescue 33

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– as DIG Lemu leads IGP intervention team

By Cyril Mba, Abuja

The Inspector General of Police, IGP, Usman Alkali Baba, has expressed delight over the arrest of 20 suspects in connection with the brutal attack on Rukuba community in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau state on Saturday 14th August, 2021and the rescue of 33 kidnapped victims.

The IGP said he has ordered the immediate deployment of Police intervention teams to the State to carry out on-the-spot assessment and ensure enhanced, coordinated response to protect communities and boost public confidence in the affected community.

Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters, Abuja, CP Frank Mba said in a statement on Sunday that the deployment followed the unfortunate attack on innocent citizens in Rukuba community in Jos North Local Government Area of the state during the last weekend.

He said the Police teams will be led by DIG Sanusi N. Lemu, the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Finance and Administration, who is also the Coordinating DIG, North-Central geo-political zone.

The teams deployed to protect the communities, comprises personnel of the Police Tactical Units – the Police Mobile Force, PMF, Counter Terrorism Unit, CTU and Police Special Forces.

CP MBA said the teams will also prevent further attacks and bring the perpetrators to justice, adding that special investigators and covert operatives from the Force Criminal Investigations Department, FCID and the Force Intelligence Bureau (FIB) were also among the group.

“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.

“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,” CP Mba said.

“The IGP 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,”the statement concluded.

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