Police confirm arrest of 14 suspects, as violence erupts in Ibi

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JALINGO – The Police Taraba State on confirmed the arrest of 14 suspects following the eruption of violence Ibi, the headquarters of Ibi Local Government Area of the state. The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr Joseph Kwaji, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Jalingo the problem emanated from what looked like a religious conflict.

He said it had all started the early hours of in the area which had been witnessing persistent conflicts in recent times.

Kwaji said reports reaching the police showed trouble started at about 5 a.m. when groups of youths engaged each in gun battles.

He said these had led the destruction of property worth millions of , with many of the youths sustaining severe injuries.


“Apart from the arrest of the 14 youths, police have also recovered AK 47 rifles and several dangerous weapons from those arrested.

“But calm has been restored in the area after the deployment of a detachment of and the military maintain the peace,’’ the PPRO said.

Kwaji said into the cause of the trouble and those behind it were ongoing, adding those who have questions answer among the arrested would be charged court.

There was no official casualty figure as at the time of filing this , even though Kwaji confirmed that many have been injured.

Ibi town has remained a trouble spot in Taraba in recent times, behind Wukari, with both located in the Southern Senatorial District of the state.(NAN)