The death toll from the attacks on communities in Plateau State has risen to 16, the police have said, and also confirmed the arrest of a herdsman with a military AK 47 rifle.
The attacks came as President Muhammadu Buhari was concluding his first official visit to the state.
Just as calm gradually returns to Daffo rural communities in Bokkos Local Government Area of Plateau State, the state’s Police Command has confirmed the arrest of a herdsman with a military AK 47 with the rifle’s number as HC2614.
Terna Tyopev, the command’s spokesman, who confirmed the arrest to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Jos, said that the herdsman, Muhammadu Bimini, was arrested by mobile police officers on March 8, at Daffo.
Mr. Tyopev said that the suspect had been transferred from Bokkos to the state Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in Jos and was already being interrogated.
The police spokesman said that 16 people had been confirmed killed in the multiple attacks on several villages that took place between Wednesday, March 7, and Friday, March 9.
He said that the command had deployed more personnel to restore peace to the troubled areas, and advised the people to remain calm and avoid taking laws into their hands.
Meanwhile, leaders of the affected communities have countered the police, saying that 25 people were killed in the attacks.
The community leaders, who briefed newsmen yesterday in Jos, also revealed that many others were still missing.