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Nasarawa violence suspects nabbed

24 September 2013, 08:27Augustine Osayande

Abuja - Police in Nasarawa have arrested about 40 people in connection with the violent ethnic clashes in the state.

According to the State Commissioner of Police, Umar Shehu, police also discovered a shallow grave at Tudun Adabu in the Obi Local Government Area of the state, where Alhaji Alhassan Gidado, Managing Director of the Police Community Bank, Tunde Banwo and their driver, Aliyu Adamu, were buried after they were killed.

They were declared missing on September 14 having left Abuja the previous day to attend a wedding in the Keana Local Government Area of Nasarawa.

The Police Commissioner said that the suspects directly linked to the killing of the bank chief were among those arrested by the police, while their remains had been unearthed for proper burial.

Shehu said that all the arrested suspects would be handed over for prosecution.

“The police will not relent in their efforts to ensure that lasting peace is restored to the affected communities,” Shehu said.

He assured the people of the state that adequate security measures had been put in place to curb activities of the militia group blamed for the violence.

The commissioner urged those who fled their homes to return as the police and other security agencies would do everything to allay their fears and guarantee their safety.

Shehu also urged members of the public to report any suspicious movement in their neighbourhood to security agencies for prompt action.

The renewed ethnic crisis had erupted in Obi and Lafia Local Government Areas between September 12 and 13.

The disturbances left more than 30 people dead and property worth millions of Naira destroyed.

- CAJ News


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