Mr Usman Baba, the Inspector-General of Police, stated that 33 victims of a Saturday attack on travelers via the Rukuba community in Plateau State’s Jos North Local Government Area had been rescued, with 20 perpetrators detained.
Mr Frank Mba, the Force Public Relations Officer, stated this in an Abuja statement on Sunday.
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Baba condemned the attack and urged victims’ family members to keep calm.
He stated that the police were collaborating with the military, other security forces, and the state government to bring the perpetrators to book.
The IG, he said, had directed the deployment of the Police Intervention Team in Plateau right away for on-the-spot evaluation and to improve coordinated action to protect the community and restore public confidence in the affected areas.
Mr Sanusi Lemu, the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Finance and Administration, would lead the team, he said.
Lemu also serves as the country’s North-Central geopolitical zone’s coordinating DIG.
According to Baba, the team included members of the Police Tactical Units, Police Mobile Force, Counter Terrorism Unit, and Police Special Forces.
The team was sent in to safeguard the communities, prevent further attacks, and bring the criminals to justice, according to him.
Investigators and clandestine operatives from the Force Criminal Investigations Department (FCID) and the Force Intelligence Bureau have also been deployed, according to him (FIB).
The operatives, according to Baba, would give additional investigative, intelligence, and forensic support to the Plateau police command.
Citizens in the affected districts were urged to assist the security forces by providing important information that would lead to the arrest of additional perpetrators, preventing similar attacks, according to the IG.