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Sen Gyang, lawmaker’s killing: STF arrests 21 suspects

courtThe Special Task Force, STF, maintaining security in Plateau State, said it has arrested 21 people in connection with last year’s death of former Senator Gyang Dantong and former Majority Leader,  Plateau State House of Assembly, Mr. Gyang Fulani.

STF spokesman, Captain Salisu Mustapha, who briefed journalists on Tuesday said three of those arrested have already been arraigned.

Gombe State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Mohammed Sule, also said Wednesday that 19 persons had been arrested in connection with the murder of two policemen last week.

The commissioner told the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Gombe that the two policemen were killed at a duty point near Gombe State Transport Corporation.

Sule said the suspects were arrested around motor parks after the killings and charged to court, adding that the command would not rest on its oars in efforts to eradicate criminals in the state.

The Commissioner said the incident which led to the death of the officers was partly their fault, as the officers were gossiping when the killers attacked them.

However the JTF said in Jos, that following the attacks on villages in Barkin Ladi and Riym Local Government areas in July last year, the STF carried out series of operations which resulted in the arrests and the recovery of arms and ammunition.

He said: “Sequel to the operation carried out to apprehend the perpetrators of the attacks, new strategies were introduced to enhance the operational capabilities of the STF troops with a view to enhancing security in Riyom and Barkin Ladi LGAs leading to the arrest of 21 suspects. Some other arrests were made by the operatives of the Nigerian Police and other security agencies.”

“After preliminary investigations by the STF, three out of the 21 suspects arrested by the STF were handed over to the Plateau state police command while one other was handed over to state security service for futher action. The remaining 16 suspects arrested by the STF are on open arrest while investigation to ascertain their level of involvement is still ongoing.

“In the meantime, the three suspects that were handed over to the police by STF are currently undergoing trials at the Plateau State High Court in Barkin Ladi. Also two others arrested in separate operations by the police are equally being tried at the same court.

”Meanwhile the suspect we handed over to the state director of security services has equally been charged to court. The suspects were arrested at Botto village in Tafawa Balewa local government area of Bauchi state following intelligence report.”

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